Matthew Modine and Louis Gossett Jr. star in "Foster Boy."

Tryon International Film Festival

Matthew Modine and Louis Gossett Jr. star in “Foster Boy.”
by Steve Wong –

Hollywood actor Matthew Modine will be in Tryon, NC, this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 and 12, 2019, to attend the 5th annual Tryon International Film Festival. Modine is starring in the film Foster Boy, which will be screened at this year’s Festival.

In the film Foster Boy, Michael Trainer (played by Matthew Modine) is a lawyer at the center of a trial in which a for-profit Foster care agency puts a known sex offender into the same foster home as his young client Jamal, with catastrophic results.

Michael, a successful litigator with a long career in protecting corporate clients, has been blinded from recognizing the real damage they can cause. He wants nothing to do with Jamal’s case until a Judge forces him to accept it. Initially he sees Jamal, as a thuggish African American youth trying to get a piece of corporate profits. But when Jamal refuses to settle the case for any amount of money, Michael begins his representation in earnest.

As their work together reveals the horrifying depth of the corrupt and abusive for-profit Foster care agency, Michael is transformed from reluctant defender to fierce warrior in the battle for justice.

Foster Boy is one of more than 60 films screening at the Festival. The Festival begins Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 with an evening gala. All day Saturday and most of Sunday, the films will be screened in various locations in Tryon. For complete details, please visit

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