A new book by adult adoptees, for fostered/adopted youth

I'm excited to share with you a trailer I made for an upcoming book titled "Dear Wonderful You: Letters to Adopted & Fostered Youth".  Angela is one of many adult adoptee contributors to this book, and the young "actress" I used in the trailer is a former foster child, who was just recently adopted.  

In our travels this last year with Closure, Angela and I are always surprised to see at least one or two young adoptees attend screenings - typically surrounded by a sea of adults.  Most often, these children are not afraid to speak up during the Q&A's, asking difficult questions - often with their adoptive parents right by their side.  I have enjoyed being able to see Angela make great connections and share one-to-one time with many of these young people, and one thing has been clear from the experiences: young adoptees everywhere are eager to hear from those who have been in their shoes. Each adoption can bring it's own complexities for the children involved, and the only people who can truly speak to this are adult adoptees. 

Hopefully, this book will be a great resource to adoptees, adoptive parents, and adoption agencies everywhere. 

Enjoy the trailer!

- Bryan

Closure - Now available on Hulu

Thanks to our friends at IndieFlix, Closure is now available to stream for free on Hulu.com!  This is by far one of the larger platforms that Closure has been available on, so we are really excited about the potential to reach a wider audience!  Please encourage those you know who have not seen the film to stream it here: http://www.hulu.com/watch/682410

NOTE: Hulu provides content ad-based streaming for your computer, but to stream from your smartphone, tablet/iPad, or television (blu-ray player), you must have Hulu Plus (paid monthly subscription).  

How is Kyle's search for his birth family?

Many who have watched Closure cannot help but feel connected to (and equally entertained by) Angela's brother, Kyle.  At nearly every screening and Q&A we've attended, someone will ask:  "How is Kyle doing with the search for his birth family???" 

Thanks to the new law in Washington state that now allows adoptees to apply for their original birth certificate, Kyle tweeted this photo today of him sending off his application.

Be sure to check out this new documentary short I made on Kyle preparing for and competing in the 2014 Washington State Special Olympics!  He ran the 1,500 meter race on pavement in his bare feet, and you'll have to watch the video to find out why!

- Bryan Tucker

Summer 2014 Screenings

We're gearing up for an exciting summer with Closure events!

As always, you can check out our Screenings page for an up-to-date list of where the film is showing, and whether Angela or I will be present for Q&A's.  Here's a quick snapshot of June and July:

6/12    Los Angeles, CA - Laemmle's Royal Theatre  7:30pm | Q&A w/ Bryan & Angela

6/14    Los Angeles, CA - Mixed Remixed Festival  11:00am |  Q&A w/ Bryan & Angela

6/15    San Diego, CA - Media Arts Center  3:00pm | Q&A w/ Bryan & Angela

7/7      Cape Cod, MA - 28th Annual ARC Summer Conference  4:30pm |  Q&A w/ Bryan & Angela

7/10    Salt Lake City, UT - Broadway Centre Cinemas**  7:30pm 

7/18    Bellevue, WA - Bellevue City Hall (link available soon)  6:30pm | Q&A w/ Bryan & Angela

**Event will occur only if required number of tickets are pre-sold.  

Thank you for your continued support of Closure and it's message.  Please forward any screening info to folks you may know in the above cities.

NOTE: In case you missed it, here's Angela's blog post from May 20th about Ariana, a young transracial adoptee who showed up at a recent screening asking some bold questions. 


Meet Darel - A 75 Year Old Adoptee

Reposted from Angela's blog, theadoptedlife.com on 4/30/14. 

Darel is an adoptee who felt his heart stirred with long repressed emotions after viewing Closure. Our meeting was Darel’s first conversation with a fellow adoptee about his adoption story. He met his birth mother when he was 50 years old which helped him to better understand how this primal separation affected every single day of his life. His birth mother was secretly sent away to a maternity home for women who are “in trouble” (See Philomena or A Girl Like Her). Recently, the disgraced L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling received a punishment for his racist statements of a lifetime ban from the NBA – The sanction imposed on Darel’s birthmother used language not too dissimilar – the documents state that she was to be “forever barred from raising the child.” The general philosophy behind infant adoptions during the 30′s and 40′s was that children adopted in their early years would have absolutely no memory of their birth parents.

I know there are other folks like Darel, whose voices are worthy to be heard. I would love to hear from other adult men who were adopted during the era of closed adoptions as it’d be so enriching for male adoptees to get to know each other and share experiences. I can’t help but wonder how Darel’s life may have looked had he conversed with another adoptee earlier on in his life.

-Angela Tucker

Filmed and edited by Bryan Tucker.