Max Ottenberg has secrets he would like to share, if only someone would listen. More like a child in a fully-grown man’s body, Max is broken. He carries the aftermath of abuse that has forever altered him. He battles his demons daily and wants nothing more than to be fixed.
Confused by his sexuality, Max winds up in jail. A crafty lawyer gets him released but with his sickness exposed, Max is bullied by coworkers and outcast by the community. Even his own mother thinks he’s a creep.
His closest companion is a mannequin who silently judges him. He yearns for a true friend, no matter who. His desperation leads Max into trouble again. A young boy has gone missing and Max is being questioned about his disappearance.
When more people become interested in the case, it seems Max is only one of the many broken lives in this small Lake Michigan town. As the water rises and the dune sands shift, more secrets are uncovered.
Set in the fictional town of Barrington, Indiana and surrounded by the hauntingly unique landscape of the Great Lakes dunes (never before filmed for episodic media), is the world of Broken. It’s the midwest like you’ve never seen it. Nestled among the “singing” sand, steel mills, country clubs and trailer parks are shattered lives. Everyone has a dark side and it is this cold human condition that is explored through the characters of Broken.
Max’s only friend is a wooden artist’s mannequin. He can share his secrets with his friend. He can talk about what happened to him. Wooden though it may be, Max is still judged by it. Judged for what he’s done. Judged for what he’s about to do.
Played by Tony Casale
Superstar attorney, Alexis Ronan knows this is a dangerous world. She’s defended some pretty interesting characters and fought to give them a fair chance. But now she’s on the offense. Her son, Elijah, has gone missing and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to find him. Whatever. It. Takes.
Played by Michelle Mueller
What better way to confront your past than by making a documentary about the people involved in that horrible thing that happened so long ago? Each interview, though, takes her deeper into the rabbit hole. Careful now.
Played by Kari Jane Kramer
Gordon’s pretty full of himself. He’s got lots of certificates and diplomas and awards and jeez is he handsome. He also just happens to have Max and Alexis as patients, so he knows some very interesting things about them. He’s about to pick up another patient. Just who might that be?
Played by Chris Love