Fourteen year old
Ellis is getting ready to leave the Southwest for a boarding school in the
East. This means leaving behind his mother, and the only real father figure he
has ever known, Goat Man. Goat Man has done more for Ellis than giving him his
first bong hit. He has maintained a home on Ellis’s mom’s property rent-free
since Ellis was a child, taking care of small tasks and raising a herd of
goats-all the while teaching Ellis the meaning of stability, caretaking, and
Ellis is in boarding school, making the grade while staying (mostly) high, Goat
Man rehearses for a journey he and Ellis will take during Ellis’ spring break,
across the border with his pet goats. When they embark on their cross-desert
trek, they are forced to reevaluate a relationship they thought was the only
thing that would never change in their crazy lives.
and intimate, Goats challenges the conventional idea of family and home, while
drawing us deeper into Ellis’ journey into manhood. Mark Jude Poirier has an
uncanny gift for chronicling the human condition and bringing to life a varied
yet dispassionate landscape. Download and start listening now!