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Directed by
Vincent Pereira 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Vincent Pereira  written by

Produced by
Paul Finn .... producer (as Paul C. Finn)
Scott Mosier .... executive producer
Vincent Pereira .... producer
Kevin Smith .... executive producer
Original Music by
Michael Ferentino 
Mikael Jorgensen  (as auto vs. pedestrian)
Andres Karu 
Thomas Andrew Misner  (as auto vs. pedestrian)
Ben Reed 
Cinematography by
Ian Dudley 
Film Editing by
Vincent Pereira 
Makeup Department
Tony Mandile .... special makeup effects artist (as Anthony Mandile)
Production Management
Liz Finn-Arnold .... production manager (as Lizbeth Finn)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Liz Finn-Arnold .... assistant director (as Lizbeth Finn)
Sound Department
Phil Benson .... supervising sound editor (5.1 Dolby Digital remix)
Danielo Garcia .... sound recordist
David Glaser .... sound mixer (original 16mm mono mix)
Eric Grissom .... boom operator
Dan McGee .... boom operator
Scott Mosier .... sound editor (5.1 Dolby Digital remix)
Juan Peralta .... sound re-recording mixer (5.1 Dolby Digital remix)
Brandon Proctor .... sound re-recording mixer (5.1 Dolby Digital remix)
Gary Rizzo .... sound mixer (5.1 Dolby Digital remix)
Jim Von Buellow .... sound mixer (original 16mm mono mix)
Special Effects by
Tony Mandile .... special effects (as Anthony Mandile)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gabriel Friedman .... grip
John Keating .... first assistant camera
Alethea Pape .... second assistant camera
Robert Rasmussen .... additional first assistant camera (as Rob Rasmussen)
Editorial Department
Paul Finn .... assistant editor (as Paul C. Finn)
Liz Finn-Arnold .... assistant editor (as Lizbeth Finn)
Other crew
Justin Bintliff .... production assistant
Liz Finn-Arnold .... script supervisor (as Lizbeth Finn)
Mary Hamill .... production accountant
Neil LaRosa .... stand-in: Joseph Cassese
Bryan W. Strang .... production assistant
Chris Parry .... special thanks
Brian Quinn .... special thanks

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87 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (theatrical print)

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There are two hidden Easter Eggs in the DVD: If you want to listen to the hidden commentary: Watch (or skip through) A Better Place go to the 'Special Thanks' menu and click on 'The Pizza Guy'. This will get you access to a secret menu where you can select a 'Drunken Commentary'. or: If you want to view the Trailer: After watching (or skipping through) A Better Place go to the 'Special Thanks' menu and click on 'The Pizza Guy'. This will get you access to a secret menu where you can select the Trailer for Brian Lynch's Big Helium Dog.See more »
Barret:We came here to start over. A new life. In a better place. We should have stayed behind.See more »
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A Philosophical Thriller, 13 September 2002
Author: Ron Smolin ( from Philadelphia

The moral stance taken by Barret in this intelligent philosophical thriller is one that precludes any belief in a caring God or for that matter a caring society. Actually, his morality keeps defining itself by the events of the moment. Deeply affected by the horrible tragedy of the death of his parents, he wears a chip on his shoulder and avoids contact with mostly all humanity except for Ryan, who acts as his conscience throughout the film. Ryan maintains his hope for a world that makes sense and is compassionate. But by the end of the story, Ryan himself is engulphed by the blackness of the world, and we witness an awful tragedy.

Kudos to Vincent Pereira, who wrote, edited, and directed this sleeper. The acting and basic quality of the filmmaking is at times a bit amateurish, but who cares, since the object of this film is to make us think about our place in this world. Are people caring or do they exist merely to promote themselves and their own causes. The filmmaker presents a character who sees only the darkness of life, and I believe most of us know that life has many warm and tender moments.

Certainly a must see for thinking people everywhere.

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