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Where I Begin (2011)

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A decade after a tragic event, Jacob decides to return home to his small southern roots, only to find that the past is not really the past and that people may change but they never forget. Can you ever really go home?


Thomas L. Phillips





Cast overview, first billed only:
Lance E. Nichols ... Patrick
Cindy Hogan ... Connie
Johnny McPhail ... Ace
Bo Keister ... Tyler
Alex Walters Alex Walters ... Jacob
Catherine Elizabeth Connelly Catherine Elizabeth Connelly ... Kristen
Candice Michele Barley ... Haddy
T. Lynn Mikeska T. Lynn Mikeska ... Jill
Daniel Lee Perea Daniel Lee Perea ... Hotel Clerk (as Daniel Lee)
Montana Byrd ... Kylene
Daniel Morrow Daniel Morrow ... Bread customer
Katy Cox Katy Cox ... Patrick's Customer
Jessica Mayes Jessica Mayes ... Patrick's Customer - Laundromat customer
Ellen Phillips Ellen Phillips ... Patrick's Customer
Jennifer Pierce Mathus ... Mrs. Willows (scenes deleted)


Ten years after leaving his small southern town following a tragic event, Jacob decides that returning home might help him find the closure he's sought after for years. In a decaying town that time has forgotten, the past is never really the past and rumors and truth tend to blur together. The sad, unforgotten consequences of that one fateful night have forever altered their community and those he left behind. Haddy, who has spent her life in the shadows and whispers of her father's sins, is the only one brave enough to reach out to him. When Jacob returns, his mother Connie, best friend Tyler, and the girl he tragically left in his wake, Kristen, find themselves intertwined once again. His unexpected homecoming causes them all to face old ghosts, whether they're willing to or not. For Haddy, their lives act as a mirror to her own buried needs. She must face up to the reality that the small town she once loved may not be her future while Jacob searches for his way home again. Written by Melanie Addington

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People change but they don't forget.









Release Date:

10 February 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Oxford, Mississippi, USA See more »


Box Office


$125,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


Written by Robert Earl Reed (as Robert Reed)
Performed by Robert Earl Reed (as Robert Reed)
Courtesy of Robert Reed
Recorded & Produced by Jimbo Mathus & Justin Showah @ Delta Recording Services Como, Mississippi
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All I Can Say Is Wow - Where I Begin Made A Huge Impact On Me
22 February 2011 | by bbanksproSee all my reviews

I am not a film critic or have never written a review, but as part of one of my classes at the university I was forced to go and see Where I Begin.

I was hesitant at first and did not want to go to the screening, as in general I am not a fan of independent film. And at the end of the day I was extremely blessed to have been able to see an early screening of this movie.

The movie pulled me in form the very beginning. The characters, the story, the beauty and pain of everything that is Where I Begin is captivating and breathtaking.

I was actually moved to tears and cried in front of my girlfriend for the first time , which was a little embarrassing to say the least.

If you have any emotions, or know what it is like to go through family problems, or just have a simple loving bone in your body, the movie will take its toll on you emotionally.

I have thought about this movie since I watched it and am dying to see it again.

I was fortunate enough to be able to talk to the director Thomas L. Phillips and get some of his insight on the film. He has so much passion and love for what he does and for Where I Begin in general, that you can see it and feel it in him when he discusses it.

The performances are just outstanding, and I did not recognize anyone of them, but I know that each and everyone of them could be known in the film world one day, that is how strong each and everyone of them are.

The movie is perfectly pieced together and told effortlessly. Everything unfolds right in front of you and you do not want to turn away.

If you get the opportunity to see Where I Begin, I highly recommend that you do so.

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