A film by Michelle Friedline and Laureen Ricks
Impish and twinkle-eyed, Sh’mal Ellenberg can joke about his chaotic work: helping mentally-ill drug addicts reclaim their lives.
His clients are people like Kat, a hot-blooded women with insight into her mental illness, and Dale, a charismatic man with an unending drug addiction.
Sh’mal can relate to his clients and their life on the fringes of society and never loses his cool when they throw tantrums or get evicted from their apartments. Yet, when faced with the choice to reunite with his estranged, alcoholic, and sometimes homeless son after a ten year disconnect, Sh’mal must come to terms with his own conflicting emotions about family, addiction and the struggle to fit into mainstream society.
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Directors: Michelle Friedline and Laureen Ricks
Media Showcase screening selection
2010 Broadcast Educators Association Conference
2008 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
2008 Angelus Student Film Festival
Best Documentary Feature
2009 New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase