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LEAF MATTHEWS, 17, wakes up in juvenile hall after a drug binge that caused him to accidentally overdose and get arrested. He’s released to his Mother and Grandmother who trick Leaf into thinking he’s simply going home. Once asleep in the back of the car, they lock the doors and drive Leaf to America’s House, a long-term residential rehab facility located in the mountains east of San Diego.
Leaf adamantly refuses treatment but when he discovers his clothes are in the back, he seemingly resigns, asking his Grandmother to pop the trunk. Leaf rummages through his bags, seizing a jacket with a bag of speed in the pocket
Rushing down the road, snorting up everything he can, Leaf becomes aware that this program is situated in the middle of nowhere. Miles from home, Leaf agrees to enter treatment but only if his little sister Autumn, stays with his Grandmother, and not his Mother. A violent argument ensues. Leaf spews hate at his Mother, inferring she’s unfit to be a parent and there’s no way Autumn will be alone with her. Leaf’s Mother caves. Autumn will stay with Grandma.
Leaf, high from the speed, gets “showered in” and meets the staff and residents of the program. Leaf is given the opportunity to introduce himself. Rather than say hello, Leaf verbally insults the group with profanity. The staff is quick to point out that this is Leaf’s new family and the girls in the program are to be treated like his sisters. “Would he treat his own sister with such disrespect?”
After detoxing, Leaf registers that this program is unlike any he’s experienced before. The chief difference is that his peers, all with troubled pasts of their own, seem to be bought into the program’s structure, and it’s working. They’re sober, back in school, employed, or enrolling in college.
In spite of this, Leaf vehemently rebels against everyone, but when Leaf’s grandmother unexpectedly dies, Leaf’s world is shaken to the core. Grandma’s final request was that Leaf completes the program, but his sister will now be going back home with his Mother. Something Leaf cannot let happen.
Will he leave, denying his Grandmother’s final wish or will he stay putting his sister’s life at risk? With only a month of sobriety under his belt Leaf must face his family’s tragic past in order to save his sister and himself.
Directed by: Sky Soleil Produced by: Brooke Dooley Produced by: J.C. Peterson Director of Photography: Ryan Booth Editor: Phil Bucci Production Company: Knox Avenue