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Trans -- Julian Goldberger's award-winning film, set in the swamplands of Southwest Florida, follows the nocturnal wanderings and random encounters of teenage fugitive, Ryan Kazinski, as he reckons with his newfound freedom.


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Ryan Kazinski, 16, is in juvenile detention in Fort Myers, Florida. He gets away one day, and the world is all before him: where should he go... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Lynn Boyd ... Kwanzaa Woman
Jon Daugherty
Ryan Daugherty ... Ryan Kazinski
Stephanie Davis ... Boston Cream Girl

Edge ... Bus Station Manager (as Edge Edgerton)
Michael Gulnac
Justin Lakes
Glenn Papp ... Downtown Kid
Jeremiah Robinson
Elijah Smith
Trevor Thomas
Charles Walker

Directed by
Julian Goldberger 
Writing credits
Julian Goldberger (story) &
Michael A. Robinson (story) &
Martin Garner (story)

Julian Goldberger (writer)

Produced by
Martin Garner .... associate producer
Joe Monteleone .... associate producer
Michael A. Robinson .... producer
Original Music by
Fat Mama & Her Trans World Orchestra 
Jonathan Goldberger 
Cinematography by
Jesse Rosen 
Film Editing by
Affonso Gonçalves 
Production Design by
Sarah Wagoner 
Sound Department
Tom Efinger .... sound re-recording mixer
Jonathan Goldberger .... sound
Damian Volpe .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Gen Max .... photographer

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80 min
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Just let it be what it is..., 9 January 2003
Author: T Y from United States

This movie feels astonishingly like you are watching a documentary. The first time I caught it I thought I was watching Gummo, or some documentary. Like a documentary, sometimes plot structure is there or isn't. That disappointed me a bit but the second time I was willing to cut it some slack, and just take it in. I finally understood that this is a remarkable achievement. I prefer it without structure now. Movies which kick you between plot points never have a prayer of achieving anything this natural. So you don't recognize where you are at any point. Guess what? the other ninety nine percent of movies released any year are for you...

Ryan, the sweet dumb teen of the movies focus is drawn to serial distractions and fleeting moments with no sense of the impending squalor that awaits him unless he can develop a longer attention span. This IS exactly what suburban adolescence is like. I remember being this frustrated, aimless and nihilistically hopeless.

The suburban environment adults provide young people are desolate, unstimulating places of abandoned dreams, or dreams in holding patterns while the bills are paid. While that rubric is getting worn out in film, this treatment is very fresh.

Truffauts 400 Blows covers the aimlessness of boyhood in a similar way.

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