With or Without You

Institute History


Zoe and Alex are two college students who have absolutely nothing in common other that the affair they have been having for the last six weeks. Now, with her boyfriend returning from Europe and Alex becoming uncomfortably attached to her, Zoe has decided their relationship must come to an end—until their brief affair turns into an unwanted pregnancy.

Now these two opposites are forced together in an uneasy relationship neither expected. Ultimately deciding to carry the baby to term, they reluctantly confront the hardest decisions of the young lives. Their heartbreaking funny experiences bring them to view themselves and each other in surprising and unexpected ways. The story is set amidst the most controversial topics and events in our society. Sexuality, morality, abortion and adoption-issues that divide yet can't be ignored are explored through their eyes. It is a story about the choices between powerful yet opposite desires, of wanting something and Not wanting it at the same time. It's about loss, sacrifice, redemption and ultimately hope.

Screenwriter Wendell Jon Anderson is not stranger to the events told in With or Without You. As a birth parent, he knows firsthand the experience of placing a child for adoption and how that experience is often at odds with popular perception. Drawing upon his personal knowledge, his screenplay provides a glimpse in this powerfully emotional yet often times silent world.

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