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"Home is where you least expect to find it"

Shelter is an independent drama about a young man named Zach, played by Trevor Wright, who has given up his dream of going to art school because his family needs his help for their livelihood. Zach’s father is disabled, and his older sister Jeanne is a single mother with a five year old son named Cody. So Zach works a job as a short order cook to help provide for his family.

But this dead end job is not all Zach wants out of life. He can’t seem to give up his dream of being an artist. So when he is not working or spending time with his nephew, Zach escapes and ventures out into the city to paint street art and compose murals. He also likes to surf when he can and spend time with his best friend Gabe, played by Ross Thomas, or with his sometimes girlfriend Tori, played by Katie Walder.

These escapes are only a temporary relief for Zach from the reality of his job and his situation, which leaves him feeling stuck and with the feeling that his life will never take him anywhere. But things all change when Gabe’s older brother Shaun returns home from Los Angeles for a few weeks, and Zach forms a strong friendship with Gabe that eventually grows into a romantic relationship.

Gabe encourages Zach to reapply to art school and pursue his dreams. But Zach’s sister Jeanne is against this; she also opposes Zach’s friendship with Gabe because she heard he was gay. Jeanne is not able to accept that her brother may also be gay, which is a reality Zach is struggling to accept himself.

In order to move on, Zach has to make tough decisions not just about what he wants in a relationship, but also about what he wants out of life; he must decide whether he will live a life for others out of obligation or follow his own dreams.

| 2007 | 1 hr 28 min | 7.7/10 | 66/100
Trevor Wright, Brad Rowe, Tina Holmes, Jackson Wurth
Regent Releasing
Jonah Markowitz

Also directed by Jonah Markowitz

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