Title: Down In Number 5
Rooted in the Southern Gothic storytelling tradition, Down in Number 5 is both a tender portrait of a man pushed to his limits for the love of his son and a haunting rumination on family and community in Appalachia.
Down in Number 5 is inspired by the true story of Carl Short and his developmentally disabled son Sammy. Sammy was my father’s childhood playmate. But when my father grew up, Sammy remained a child. Many years later when Carl realized he was dying, he approached my father to take Sammy in.