A Sh’mal World


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.

Media Show­case screen­ing selec­tion
2010 Broad­cast Edu­ca­tors Asso­ci­a­tion Conference

Merit Award
2008 Fort Laud­erdale Inter­na­tional Film Festival

2008 Angelus Stu­dent Film Festival

Best Doc­u­men­tary Fea­ture
2009 New Mex­ico Film­mak­ers Showcase

roles: pro­ducer, direc­tor, writer, cin­e­matog­ra­pher, editor