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When his college dreams are sidelined by family obligations, a young man finds comfort in surfing with his best friend's brother.

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Jonah Markowitz

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Trevor Wright ... Zach
Brad Rowe ... Shaun
Tina Holmes ... Jeanne
Jackson Wurth Jackson Wurth ... Cody
Katie Walder ... Tori
Matt Bushell ... Alan
Ross Thomas ... Gabe
Albert Reed Albert Reed ... Billy
Joy Gohring ... Ellen
Don Margolin Don Margolin ... John
Alejandro Patiño ... Moe (as Alejandro Patino)
Caitlin Crosby ... Shari
Alicia Sixtos ... Amber
Tarek Zohdy ... Gabe's Friend
Robbi Chong Robbi Chong ... Receptionist
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Storyline

Forced to give up his dreams of art school, Zach spends his days working a dead-end job and helping his needy sister care for her son. In his free time he surfs, draws and hangs out with his best friend, Gabe, who lives on the wealthy side of town. When Gabe's older brother, Shaun, returns home, he is drawn to Zach's selflessness and talent. Zach falls in love with Shaun while struggling to reconcile his own desires with the needs of his family. Written by bill stephens

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Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 2009 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

De repente, Califórnia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,464, 23 March 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$142,666, 22 June 2008
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Company Credits

Production Co:

GP Pictures,here! Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Trevor Wright has his last name WRIGHT tattooed across his lower back which is visible in one shot of "Shelter." See more »

Goofs

Were they using two different GMC Jimmys? In the first scene where Zach drives up Gabe/Shaun's driveway it looks/sounds like he put the truck in Park, but in subsequent scenes in the truck he was shifting a manual. See more »

Quotes

Shaun: [looking through Zach's art portfolio] Wow.
Zach: [trying to grab it away from him] Whoa! What're you doing?
Shaun: Easy, dude, it's OK. I want to look at it.
Zach: Nobody ever looks at that.
Shaun: Wow. Is that Cody?
Zach: Yeah.
Shaun: Sad Cody.
Zach: You could tell?
Shaun: Yeah, and how you darkened it around his head. This is incredible - and there's no toys in his room. Wow - awesome.
Zach: Yeah, he'd just gotten scolded. He was trying to understand why. So he came into my room. He hasn't left yet. It's the only place he could sleep.
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Connections

References Ri¢hie Ri¢h (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Long Way Home
Written by Shane Mack
Performed by Shane Mack
Courtesy of here! Tunes
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Best Film at the San Francisco LGBT Film Festival
18 June 2007 | by lylecassSee all my reviews

This has got to be the best film I've seen at the San Francisco LGBT film festival in years. The director and cast were in attendance at the world premiere and they were given a worthy standing ovation. Writer/director Jonah Markowitz did a fantastic job of flushing out real characters. Trevor Wright was a real natural and convincing as someone struggling to come out. He really made you feel his pain. The story about his codependent sister is dead-on. Brad Rowe is like a young Greg Kinnear. You can't help liking him. The soundtrack was excellent and I hope to see it released. This is the first film from here! Network and I hope to see more of this quality. Incidentally, I've noticed on the IMDb search that there are two other films being released in 2007 with the title "Shelter" and there a half dozen films in the past with the same title. Also, on the allmovie guide (AMG) site there is an Italian film with the same title. Interesting enough, that film is being shown at the SF LGBT festival and was changed to Shelter Me. Hopefully, the "surfer gay movie" will stand out.


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