Set in a small town in the Texas Hill Country, mother of two Diane Sutton (CK McFarland) is the caregiver to her twenty-five year old son August (Tobias Segal), who has cerebral palsy, and her husband Bob (Ron Hayden), who is in the early stages of Alzheimerʼs Disease. Her daughter Lainey (Frankie Shaw) is living at home and has distanced herself from the daily life of the family. Suffering her own chronic health issues, Diane is warned by her doctor to make changes to her daily routine, not just her full time job of working stock at a supermarket, but also the exhausting physical demands that August’s care presents: feeding, bathing, transferring him from the car to house, room to room, table to bed. After almost dropping August while carrying him onto the front porch on a recent return home from the store, Diane hires Noah Warden (Marc Menchaca) to build a wheelchair ramp up the steps to the house.
Noah strikes up a conversation with August while building the ramp, and August PP who is physically unable to speak PP observes Noah throughout. Noah joins the family for dinner that evening as partial payment for his labor; it is clear the Suttons are having a hard time making ends meet. As Noah heads out the door after dinner, Diane catches him and asks if he would like to pick up some work helping out with August during the day while she is at work and he accepts. As the primary caregiver for this family, it is clear that, while asking for help may not come easily to this strong woman, Diane desperately needs assistance to carry this family forward.
As Noah and August get to know each other and navigate the challenges of their relationship, the dynamics within the family begin to shift. Noah is introduced to the Sutton family at a time when they are all at a critical point in their lives. We follow this ordinary Texas family facing great challenges as life takes unexpected turns for all, including the newcomer who is forced to look at the life he has been avoiding.
Length: 92 mins
Josh Barrett is a professional actor, director, writer and producer. THIS IS WHERE WE LIVE marks Josh’s debut directing a feature film. He received his MFA at NYU’s Graduate Acting Program where he was the recipient of the Dean’s Fellowship. In addition to starring as a series regular with Marc Menchaca in HBO’s GENERATION KILL, he has performed for the last decade in various projects for film, television, and theater across the country. His writing has been featured at New York’s Flea Theater and he was a contributing writer for the play COLUMBINUS, which has been produced off-Broadway and several times regionally, and was nominated for The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play. Josh has also teaches acting at the New York Film Academy and produces segments for vh1.
Marc Menchaca is an actor, writer and director. He starred in the HBO miniseries GENERATION KILL and has worked on several TV series, including: TREME, PERSON OF INTEREST, FLASHFORWARD and most recently recurring on Showtime’s HOMELAND. He has produced and performed in theatre Off Broadway. THIS IS WHERE WE LIVE marks Mr. Menchaca’s directorial debut and his first narrative feature film as writer.