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Light Beneath Their Feet, A

High-school student Beth has been the caretaker for her bipolar mother since her parents’ separation, but when she is accepted to college across the country she must decide if she should stay behind with her needy mother or choose a separate path.

It’s tough for high-school senior Beth (Noah’s Madison Davenport) dealing with social cliques, applying for colleges, working part-time and finding a date for the senior prom. When her bipolar mother Gloria (Orange is the New Black’s Taryn Manning) is hired through a social-work program to work in the cafeteria at Beth’s school, her home and school life collide. Despite pressure from her father and teacher to accept her enrollment at her dream college, UCLA, Beth can’t help but worry about her mother who is one missed-Lithium dose from a mental breakdown. Despite this conundrum, Beth can’t seem to take her eyes off of her high school’s mysterious bad boy Jeremy, who has his own troubles. A Light Beneath Their Feet is a coming-of-age tale that explores the repercussions of a child taking responsibility for a parent and how far the obligation must go before her own happiness is lost.

DIRECTOR: Valerie Weiss
CAST: Taryn Manning, Madison Davenport, Maddie Hasson
YEAR: 2015
LENGTH: 90 min

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