Don't Leave Home

Don't Leave Home

Melanie Thomas is an American artist whose latest show recounts the infamous Irish urban legend of Father Alistair Burke, who painted a portrait of 8-year-old Siobhan Callahan in 1986. Days later, Siobhan went missing on the very morning that her figure miraculously vanished from the painting as well. Though absolved of any wrongdoing, Burke abandoned the priesthood and went into self-exile.

After receiving a bad review before her opening, Melanie is contacted by the reclusive Burke, who offers to fly her to Ireland to create a new sculpture that he will help her to sell while she’s there. Telling no one where she’s going, Melanie never stops to consider that some urban legends are real.

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Director:  Michael Tully
Producer:  George Rush, Producer, Ryan Zacarias, Producer #2, Wally Hall, Producer #3, Jeff Allard, Producer #4, Tristan Lynch, Producer #5, Aoife O'Sullivan, Producer #6
Screenwriter: Michael Tully
Cinematographer: Wyatt Garfield
Editor: Zach Clark
Production Designer: Bart Mangrum
Sound Designer: Ryan Billia
Music: Michael Montes
Principal Cast: Anna Margaret Hollyman, Lalor Roddy, Helena Bereen, David McSavage, Karrie Cox


Publicity Contact
Adam Kersh
Sales Agent
XYZ Films
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre:  Mystery, Thriller
Screening Section: Visions
Screening Category: Narrative Feature
Country: Ireland, United States
Language: Englisg
Runtime: 86:00 mins