The quietly moving rural drama “This Is Where We Live,” follows the friendship that develops between August Sutton, a young man with cerebral palsy, and Noah, a local handyman hired to help August’s family around the house. Their relationship eventually changes the family dynamic and lessens the burden on the matriarch, Diane, who’s been carrying the family on her shoulders for years.
What would you do if you were told by one of your oldest friends that you might not see her alive again? That’s the premise of Austin-based director (and high school teacher) Sean Gallagher’s debut feature, “Good Night,” co-produced by Gallagher and one of the film’s stars, fellow Austinite Jonny Mars (“The Happy Poet,” “A Teacher”).
In the movie, Leigh (Adriene Mishler) and Winston (Mars) play a reasonably happy married couple, even though Leigh’s terminal illness is putting tremendous stress on the marriage and their finances.
Chris Eska’s film “The Retrieval” is about a young boy sent to turn in a wanted man to a dangerous gang of bounty hunters. Filmed in rural Texas, the movie stars young Ashton Sanders as Will, and Tishuan Scott as Nate, the wanted man. The two form a close bond in the film, yet Will’s knowledge that he may have to betray that friendship casts a shadow over their relationship and adds tension to the narrative.