Lawrence Shaw (Ari Schneider) is a run of the mill guy who just can’t seem get accepted for being who he is. He’s not straight enough for his job where he sells testosterone fueled ad campaigns to beer companies and he’s not stereotypically gay enough for his boyfriend. To make things worse, his father Elijah (John S. Boles) just died and his last dying wish was for Lawrence to go on a road trip with his extremely homophobic half-brother Kevin (Ryan Barton-Grimley) to bury his ashes. It’s a heroically dumb journey of brotherly love and acceptance that begs the age old question… Can you truly accept someone else when you can’t even accept yourself?
An award-winning road comedy about brotherly love and homophobia, Elijah’s Ashes has big topics on its mind, but never lets them outweigh the humor of the piece. Written by Ari Schneider and Ryan Barton-Grimley, directed solely by Grimley, and staring both, this film is a passion project spotlighting two up-and-coming talents worth keeping an eye on.