Golden Globe-nominated film shines light on homelessness in Osceola

By Stephanie Bechara, Reporter
Last Updated: Monday, February 05, 2018, 6:46 PM EST

A charity that helps homeless families in Osceola County is getting some extra attention due to a recent movie with a Golden Globe nomination.

  • Community Hope Center getting attention from film
  • 'The Florida Project' highlights poverty in Osceola County
  • Center says it's seen influx of donations after the film

'The Florida Project' is not your typical movie — in fact, it may be hard for some to digest, as it highlights what it's like for a kid to live in poverty right outside of the happiest place on earth.

Seven-year-old Brooklynn Prince of Winter Park is the main child actress in this film.

“That’s why Sean Baker brought the story to life, because it’s a story that is untold,” Brooklynn said.

In talk shows and award ceremonies, Brooklynn is using her platform to shed light on homelessness.

Videos show Brooklynn at the Critic's Choice Award accepting an award and saying, “Guys this is a real problem. We need to go out there and help.”

The Magic Castle motel along US 192 is where most of this movie was filmed. It’s also the very same place where Brooklynn’s love for advocacy grew.

“My goal since I was two was to change the world,” she told Spectrum News 13.

The movie is now available digitally, and 5 percent of the proceeds from the digital sales will go to the Community Hope Center, a non-profit that serves families living in motels along Osceola County’s 192 Corridor.

“I am happy to know that there are people who are willing to tell a story and also not just willing to tell that story, but willing to kind of put their money where their mouth is and say we want to be part of the solution,” said Reverend Mary Downey with the Community Hope Center.

Brooklynn wants to continue being involved with Hope 192 because she said all kids should have a home.

“I am helping, and I know now how I want to help this world and how I am going to make it a better place,” Brooklynn said.

The Community Hope Center said it's seen a very strong response of online donations after the film.

Donations are happening with sales through outlets like iTunes, Amazon and Google up until Feb. 5.