Tom, an overweight young man, takes refuge at his grandmother's cabin in rural Protection, IL, in an attempt to bury the years of being bullied and feeling rejected. While in town, he meets a precocious blind girl named Lilly, who shows him how to be accepted and loved. Tender, funny and dramatic, the film shows characters not often depicted onscreen as leads, in a unique coming of age story.
"Empty Space" was produced in Chicago and shot entirely on location in small towns across Western, IL. The film's crew consisted of 3 people (sound op, cinematographer, producer) and the film was shot in 14 days.