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Watertown native to run 50K race to support completion of film about homless youth in L.A.


A Watertown native, Sarah Tremont, plans to compete in a 50K race in March to help raise funds for a documentary film being produced by another Watertown native, Michael J. Leoni.

Miss Tremont will raise funds for the film “American Street Kid” by running in the March 30 Fools 50K and 25K Trail Run through Virginia Kendall Park in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Peninsula, Ohio.

Beginning about five years ago, the filmmaker, Mr. Leoni, went out to the streets of Los Angeles to make “American Street Kid.” He shot more than 250 hours of film for the documentary.

Now a resident of Los Angeles, Mr. Leoni is seeking private funding to help in the film’s post-production costs.

He told the Times last June that “American Street Kid” shines a light on the epidemic of homeless youth in America and gives the forgotten youth a voice.

Mr. Leoni is the son of Kenneth D. and Catherine (Carbone) Leon of Franklin, Mass. His father was president of the former J.R. Miller clothing store in Watertown. Michael added an “i” to his last name so that it matched that of his grandfather, Victor E. Leoni, who came to this country from Italy.

In 1994, Mr. Leoni moved with his parents to the Boston area.

When Mr. Leoni lived in Watertown, Miss Tremont, a 1992 graduate of Watertown High School, was his babysitter.

“I got the privilege to see Michael’s earliest work as he wrote, directed, and starred in his one-man shows in his living room while I was babysitting,” Miss Tremont says on the “American Street Kid” website.

Miss Tremont graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1996 and the same year moved to Cleveland. She has worked for Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court for 17 years and is now a probation manager. She spent eight years working at Westhaven Youth Shelter there.

To support Miss Tremont’s run and/or the film, go to

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