PORTLAND, Ore. -- More than half a dozen documentary and feature films about homeless teens and twenty-somethings, by homeless teens and twenty-somethings, are set to debut at an annual premiere gala Monday night.

The event is called “Leaving Home,” named for a film headlining the pack, and it’s presented by Outside the Frame, a non-profit that teaches young people living on Portland’s streets and in shelters the ins and outs of video production.

Leaving Home Trailer from Outside the Frame on Vimeo.

“When you're on the street, you’re invisible to most people,” said participant Joey Whiting. “People don’t want to just listen to you. They want to be entertained. If you tell them, 'Oh, come see a movie,’ they'll do it.”

Executive director Nili Yosha oversees up to two dozen participants in the program each year.

“They learn how to work with a crew, come to work on time. Making movies is hard work, and they're doing it all while sleeping outside or under a bridge,” she said.

“Leaving Home” is scheduled to start at 6:30 Monday night, at the Armory at 128 NW 11th Avenue.

Tickets are free, but space is limited. Click here to reserve a spot