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Jane E. Ryan’s "The Boarder," starring Andy Scott Harris, Leslie Stevens, Carlton Wilborn and Dee Wallace, opens the lid on the realities of living with children traumatized in early life.
The Boarder is a heartbreaking story about Carl (Andy Scott Harris, ‘House’), a homeless boy with a sketchy past, who is taken in by a loving pastor Zeb Williams (Carlton Wilborn, ‘The Mentalist’) and his beautiful wife Annika Williams (Leslie Stevens, ‘Private Practice’) and Dee Wallace, ET, as Elizabeth. Inspired by true-life events, this is the sobering story of the Williams family and their process of coping with an adopted child suffering from an unknown malady, Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD).
The Boarder is set in a middle class suburb. A loving and determined mother Annika left a career in dancing to care full-time for her children, Jarren (Patrick J. Nicholas) and Lexi (Mckenzie Clayton). But life has more in store for her when her husband, Pastor Zeb, introduces her to Carl who he wants to save from a chaotic life on the streets by adopting him. Annika soon realizes that Carl is emotionally unstable, along with altercations with the police and his sneaky behaviors, the boy almost destroys her family and even drives her to question her own sanity.
Will God guide her through? Will Annika ever reconnect with her family or feel right again? Is there any chance left for Carl to become part of a real family?
The eye-opening story is directed by Jolene Adams and written by Jane E. Ryan. This film is the first of its kind to tackle a fairly common issue resulting from trauma in early childhood, Reactive Attachment Disorder. The Boarder is inspired by Jane E. Ryan’s own personal experiences and from other real families across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom whose children suffer from this unexpected and sometimes dangerous disorder. Reactive Attachment Disorder is usually caused by trauma that can include significant interruptions in relationship with mother, neglect and/or abuse from many sources. The disorder occurs in degrees, from mild to its most severe form, RAD.
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