Avery, the African American adopted daughter of Jewish white lesbians, decides to search for her birthmother. Off and Running follows Avery on her quest as she attempts to pick up the pieces of her life and make sense of her place in the world.


With white Jewish lesbians for parents and two adopted brothers, Brooklyn teen Avery, a local track star in high school, grew up in a unique and loving household. But Avery’s curiosity about her roots compels her to contact her birth mother, thrusting her into a complicated exploration of race and identity that threatens to distance her from her family.


Director's Commentary: 

When I began making this film in my mid-20s, I had never met a family with two moms before, and I glimpsed the possibilities of my own future. As a queer, Jewish woman who is now beginning the adoption process with my wife, Off and Running is a story very close to my heart, and Avery remains my most trusted guide on this journey.