Directed By: Adel L. Morales | Runtime: 98 min | Plays In Short Block: None
This tragic urban story highlights the mental health concerns of people sentenced to rot in American prisons and the chaos and dysfunction it rains down on their families. When a breadwinner is lost that family will suffer not just from lack of money, but from a slew of poor choices. Returning to communities that are not ready to receive them, ex-cons, often end up back in jail.
At a “Welcome Home” party for Maverick, Ellie is pinned against a wall by her baby’s daddy, Nestor. The assault progresses to forceful kisses. Fortunately, Maverick is close by and rescues his daughter. Later that night, Ellie and swollen-eyed Maverick sit on the couch still contemplating the day’s events. Ellie checks the bruise under Maverick’s eye. Under the influence of affection, she gently kisses his bruise. There’s a silent tension, as they stare at each other for two beats too long.
Maverick’s mother, Janet, gets him a job at a clothing store, working for an under-sexed woman, Valerie, from her church. Connecting her son, with an entrepreneur and a Christian, is exactly the type of passive-aggression Janet is known for. It’s never really mattered what anyone wanted. Janet always knows best.
Maverick and Valerie have sex several times, but he soon grows tired of her and ends their relationship. Meanwhile he is feeling more comfortable at home and getting closer to his daughter, but the signs of affection that they share are always awkward. To make matters worse, his PTSD triggers are being activated with more frequency, which causes him to get thrown in jail for a weekend.
His ex-wife, Sally, bails him out and he mistakes her kindness for affection, which makes him try to win her back. Soon after, Janet uncovers a secret between Maverick and Ellie that shatters her soul.
|October 18, 2019||5:00 PM||Theater 7|
|October 21, 2019||7:00 PM||Theater 8|
* If filmmakers are present, there will be a 15 minute Q&A after the end credit sequence.
|Country of Origin:||USA|