Have you ever seen the documentary Rage? Where a little girl talks about wanting to ‘Kill her mommy’ the same way she would talk about eating sweets. That young child was suffering from RAD. When we heard about the film THE BOARDER – the first ever film to tackle RAD, we got very excited and I think you will too!
“The Boarder’ written by Executive Producer Jane E. Ryan, directed by Jolene Adams, co-produced by Susana Hornil (‘Dudamel: Let the children play’) and cinematography by Carmen Cabana (‘Cartas a Elena’), is a heartbreaking film that follows eleven year old Carl, Andy Scott Harris (House), who is adopted into a loving family by ‘Zeb’Carlton Wilborn (The Mentalist) and his wife ‘Annika’ Leslie Stevens (Private Practice). As the story unfolds, Zeb bonds easily with Carl but the burden of raising this new addition to the family pushes Annika’s sanity to the limit.
Carl’s transition into the new family goes smoothly until Annika accuses him of criminally disturbed behavior. Zeb is surprised by his wife’s resistance to their new son and isn’t sure if it’s Annika or Carl’s dark side that is being revealed. When the battle weary couple find themselves in therapy with Dr. Elizabeth Logan Dee Wallace (ET, Cujo) will she blame Annika too? Will the family overcome this ordeal? Can Carl remain a member of the Williams’ family or do they give up and send him back to foster care? Watch “The Boarder” to find out.
Screenwriter and therapist, Jane E. Ryan, raised adopted children with Reactive Attachment Disorder and has become a respected expert in the field. In her gut wrenching book of case studies ‘Broken Spirits, Lost Souls’ she shares candid true stories of parents struggling with children who range from embryonic stages of an anti-social personality to full blown psychopaths.
The Boarder is an honest portrayal of the real life experiences of the talented writer Jane. E. Ryan and parents of children who have experienced trauma at an early age in their life. ‘The Boarder’ proposes some tough questions: How is evil born? Why isn’t there more compassion in the world? Can we do something about it? It shines a light on one of the darkest areas of human behavior and offers real insight and hope.