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John Shed, a black American, lives precariously, at the margins of Silicon Valley, with his white girl friend... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Esperanza Catubig ... Minh
Art Desuyo ... Duc

Daphne Ashbrook ... Belinda

Leo Burmester ... Jack
Kelvin Han Yee ... Tron
Steven Anthony Jones ... James
Hansford Prince ... Ron

Peter Fitzsimmons ... Marlon
Richard Harder ... Mr. Jimmie
Laurence Thoo ... Dung
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Gross ... Salt Company Foreman
Mai Huynh ... Peasant Woman
Patricia Tyler ... Ms. Grey
Hunter Vo ... Gang member (as Phu Vo)

Tom Wright ... John Shed

Directed by
Charles Koppelman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles Koppelman  writer

Produced by
Charles Koppelman .... producer
Frank Simeone .... line producer
Leah Stauffer .... co-producer
Doria Summa .... co-producer
Original Music by
Greg Reitan 
Cinematography by
Barry Stone 
Film Editing by
Robert Grahamjones 
Tom Hill 
Casting by
Michelle Morris 
Production Design by
Pamela B. Warner 
Set Decoration by
Marjorie Ann Morgenstern 
Makeup Department
Julie Aschenbrenner .... makeup artist
Production Management
Frank Simeone .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Gallagher .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jeff McRory .... swing gang art department
Sound Department
Dan Gleich .... sound mixer
Norman Kern .... sound designer
James Lindsey .... foley artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Casey Alicino .... grip
David King .... grip
Lorna Leslie .... assistant camera
Kevin Mills .... grip
John Schweitzer .... electrician
Editorial Department
Walter Murch .... consulting editor
Location Management
Greg Runnels .... location manager
Music Department
Orrin Keepnews .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Mark Runnels .... transportation captain
Other crew
Michele Dennis .... script supervisor
Nancy Hagens .... production coordinator
Walter Marín .... office production assistant
Christina Park .... assistant production coordinator
Jen Pham .... office production assistant

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98 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Vietnam vet forced to confront his past, 10 May 2000
Author: rphillips from California

I saw this film at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and found it to be an impressive exploration of themes that are generally ignored in mainstream Hollywood cinema. John Shed, an African American Vietnam vet is forced to confront his past when his half-Vietnamese daughter arrives from Vietnam. The film manages to explore issues of racial relationships among Vietnamese, African Americans, and white people in America without being exploitative. Tom Wright -- a veteran of a number of John Sayles movies -- give an excellent portrayal of John Shed as a man wrestling with his internal demons. The film, which was shot in the San Francisco Bay Area, also looks great and the score (mostly jazz and some R&B) is well chosen and acute.

The film is definitely a mood piece and an exploration of character rather than plot driven and, in fact, several of the plot elements remain unresolved at the end. And, not all of the performances are as convincing as they could be. But, I would recommend Dumbarton Bridge as a thoughtful exploration of the interaction between personal and racial issues in modern day America.

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