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Local Filmmakers Receive Help

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RICHLAND, Wash.--"I don't have enough time to read everything that anybody wants me to read," says Executive Producer Larry Estes. They have to kinda pitch me.

And that's exactly what 26-year-old Kennewick native Travis Senger did. Senger is Writer and Director of "The Sidewalk Never Ends." The 1999 Kamiakin High School graduate started writing the story about street youth in 2005.

"The initial interest was just in the mystery of where, what happens to these kids," says Senger? Where do they go? And that is sort of what initiated the journey for me that eventually brought me to this very specific story.

Estes likes how the film is character driven. The main character is a young girl named Effi. She leaves her abusive home to live with her boyfriend on the streets of Seattle.

"It's not just special effects and fight scenes, but its somebody working through something and evolving from a personal standpoint," says Estes . Alot of the things that I read are really not about people and what their trying to deal with.

Senger says the issues facing these teenagers such as being homeless and experimenting with drugs, is something everyone can relate to. And in turn, the bond these characters share ultimately helps some of them find their identity.

"An identity is a big thing with street kids ya know, their names, their look," mentions Senger. They really, really try to redefine who they are with each other, rather than the families they came from.