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Film Synopsis

For Carrie Hicks, life has become a marathon. Working doubles at the diner, running to gigs at bars to chase her elusive dream of becoming a singer-songwriter, helping her 10-year old daughter, Emma, with homework, and all the while supporting Rodney, her violent, deadbeat boyfriend. But when Rodney's abuse lands him in jail and Emma in a wheelchair, Carrie makes a run for it with her daughter. 


Carrie and Emma attempt to start again in the tiny Tennessee town of Nolensville with help from Carrie's Uncle Earl and his church-folk friends. But when Rodney comes looking for them, Carrie and Emma must find strength they never knew they had. Can they at last find peace? (With the gritty Southern feel of "The Apostle," the quirky small-town characters of "Lars and the Real Girl," and the heart of "The Spitfire Grill," "Why We Breathe" is a powerful story of community, faith, and redemption.

Cast Video

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Alexandra Sedlak
Playing Carrie

Alexandra Sedlak is a hard working multi-hyphenate who excels as an actress-director as well as being a singer-songwriter. Aside from starring in short and feature length films, she continues to grow in her musical craft as well as being the co-owner of her own production company. And when she's not acting or singing, she can often be found reading a good book.

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Mary Jackson Tatum
Playing Emma

At just 11 years old Mary Jackson Tatum is continuing to grow in her acting career and also happens to be a phenomenal singer. Her stage work includes starring in "The Descendants" as well as "Aladdin Jr." where she played the Genie. She was also recently a part of the award-winning short film, "Same."

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Derrick Dee
Playing Uncle Earl

Derrick Dee was once a standout athlete whose passion for acting took over later in life. One of his favorite acting moments came on the set of the James Brown biopic, "Get on Up." And when he's not acting, he often spends time his time mentoring and encouraging troubled teens.

Meet Our Cast

James J. Fuertes
Playing Aaron

James J. Fuertes is a hard working actor in film and TV. Some of his recent TV roles include characters on "Nashville" and "Still the King." He is also recognizable as a contestant from season 12 of "The Bachelorette." And when he's' not acting, he can often be found at Title Boxing, a gym that he co-owns.

Playing Rodney

Jason Bynum started out his career playing guitar for the band Paramore. His creativity in the music scene then led him to creativity on the screen. He has acted in both film and TV, and his latest roles includes stints on "Nashville" and "Still the King."

Jason Bynum

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