A film about family, loss, and hope.



Ellie stops at nothing and for nobody as she travels through the seaside town of Barnstable, Massachusetts in search of a mother who has abandoned Ellie and her father. With her father’s car broken-down, Ellie saddles up the family horse and embarks on a journey through the desolate, drug-addled winter landscape only to stumble down the rabbit hole her mother has dug.

“In the Off-Season” explores family and addiction on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, where heroin has wrought havoc amidst massive socio-economic inequality and industrial decline.

A social realist film inspired by Italian cinema and westerns, seeking to shine a light on the gruesome realities of heroin addiction ravaging rural New England.

“In the Off-Season” was written and directed by Benjamin Haven-Taylor and produced by Benjamin Hosking and Leah McGurk in January 2017, in collaboration with Tufts University’s Film and Media Studies program. Coming to film festivals in late 2017 and early 2018.