Years ago, Carissa Phelps was abandoned in the lobby of the juvenile hall in Fresno. She ran away from group homes and ended up on the streets. Homeless and alone, she begged and stole to feed herself.With no one to turn to, Carissa was taken to “Motel Drive,” a street in Fresno known for prostitution, and told what to do. She was twelve years old.Amazingly, Carissa turned her life around. Today she is a graduate student at UCLA, earning a law degree and an MBA at the same time. 'Carissa' recounts Carissa's inspirational story as we travel back with her to the places where it happened.Note: Carissa is Executive Produced by Davis Guggenheim, director of "An Inconvenient Truth"
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
David Sauvage, Director/Producer, was a classmate of Carissa's at UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he focused on entertainment and entrepreneurship.A graduate of Columbia University, he has written and produced several plays in New York and Los Angeles. Cheyenne was named a Top 10 Play of the Year by Frontier Newsmagazine; The Burning House earned a rave from The Hollywood Reporter. David also wrote a short film entitled Artifact, which has been accepted to numerous film festivals.While Carissa is David's first documentary, he grew up around documentary filmmaking. His father, Pierre Sauvage, is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker in his own right. Pierre has been extremely generous with his expertise; David is grateful to have him as an advisor on the project.