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

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16 April 2009 (Germany)  »

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De repente, Califórnia  »

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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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Trivia

The film's director Jonah Markowitz voiced the Cal Arts employee who contacted Zack on his cell phone. See more »

Goofs

(at around 14 mins) When Zach and Shaun first converse, Zach, in a medium close shot, asks Shaun, "You want to go?" and his mouth is then closed. A immediately following edit to a more distant shot shows him smiling broadly with his teeth showing. See more »

Quotes

Zach: Student was bad. Made bad judgment call. Now see truth.
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Referenced in My Big Break (2009) See more »

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Reflection
Written by Todd Hannigan
Performed by Todd Hannigan
Courtesy of here! Tunes
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Best Film at the San Francisco LGBT Film Festival
18 June 2007 | by See 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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