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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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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Worth a watch..., 11 January 2002
Author: PTCfromDE from Santa Barbara, CA

This film reminded me of the Iranian film "White Balloon", in the following sense.

In White Balloon, the whole plot is "two kids go to buy a goldfish, and a bunch of stuff happens to them along the way". That's it. Nothing else. There isn't necessarily any point to any of the stuff that happens to them. There isn't any theme. There's just... lots and lots of stuff. And then the movie just ends.

In the same way, this movie is: a kid escapes from juvenile detention, and a bunch of stuff happens to him while he's on the run. And then the movie is over. What's the point? No point.

If you can get PAST that, then there's a lot to enjoy here. This, in spite of the fact, that as another commenter pointed out, there are lots of technical flaws in the cinematography, that might *appear* to be intentional, "for effect", but are probably just goof ups or inexperience. However, in between the out of focus shots and the "unsteady-cam" shots and the underexposed shots are some really interesting sequences and very nice use of music to create mood.

To really enjoy this film, change your expectations: see it as a series of 3-5 minute "mini-plays" that all happen to revolve around the same character, Ryan Kazinski. And then, just to watch this young actor, Ryan Daugherty in his first feature film, is a real treat. Especially heartbreaking is the scene between Ryan and his brother (played by his real life brother, Jon Daugherty.) I expect that after some casting directors see this film, the phone may be ringing in the Daugherty household.

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