ACT OF GOD follows a day in the life of Stuart, a disabled man whose life is a mess. His caregivers are abandoning him and for good reason: he's an asshole, a fact that becomes quickly apparent to the new guy tasked with getting him out of bed.
Stuart's commute to work is interrupted by the discovery of a $100 bill lying on the sidewalk, just out of reach. It flutters away as soon as he moves towards it, leading him on a chase eventually destroys his wheelchair and forces him to reconsider his toxic ideal of self sufficiency.
Written and directed by a disabled man (Spencer Cook) and his actual caregiver (Parker Smith), Act of God explores the tension between self reliance and true independence.
Spencer Cook is an Austin based filmmaker, artist, and disability activist. As a life long wheelchair user, Spencer is dedicated to helping improve the way people relate to their own bodies through the lens of disability.
Parker Smith is a documentary filmmaker based in Austin, Texas. He shot, edited, and directed his debut feature Ramblin’ Freak as a one-man crew, going on to a world premiere at SXSW Film Festival in 2017. When he is not making films, Parker Smith works as Spencer’s primary caregiver.