Christopher Dillon Quinn, a New York City-based filmmaker, was stunned by the media coverage he saw about the Lost Boys in early 2001, particularly a New York Times Magazine piece by journalist Sara Corbett. Hooked by the dramatic elements of an unfolding story, Quinn knew instinctively that he wanted to make a film about the boys and was fortunate to find $50,000 in seed money to get the project underway.
“By July of that year, we were in Kenya,” says Quinn.
Working with Molly Bradford Pace, who managed much of the shoot’s production from New York, Quinn teamed up with co-director Tommy Walker and a small film crew and traveled to Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp, which was operated by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. They arrived to find a population of almost 90,000 people, of which 12,000 were considered to be “Lost Boys of Sudan.”