Written and directed by Shad Thompson, The short film, “Steal Away Home,” was inspired by the short story “A Doting Burglar” by novelist and screenwriter Ben Hecht. The yarn reminded Shad of the hustle with friend Wil Haynes, trying to produce no-budget movies around Los Angeles in 2013. Shad offered the Will the lead role in the film and described the comparisons in their lives to the protagonist in Hecht’s story.

“Leaving our wives at home, all hours of the night, just to steal a few shots around the city. Always wondering if our success would come before total defeat.”

“Steal Away Home”screened at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Cinematic Arts Film Festival in 2016.