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Firecracker (2005)

A young boy who lives in a dysfunctional home went to the carnival and met a singer. Shortly after, a murder took place. The town's sheriff is seeking answers. The singer is trying to ... See full summary »

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A young boy who lives in a dysfunctional home went to the carnival and met a singer. Shortly after, a murder took place. The town's sheriff is seeking answers. The singer is trying to escape her environment so is the boy. But both has to face their own horror.

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The film was based on a real-life murder that occurred in Wamego in the 1950s, three blocks from the house where Steve Balderson grew up. According to Balderson, a traveling carnival visited the town each year on July 4. The murder victim disappeared on the morning of July 5, as the carnival was leaving town, and was later found to have been killed by his brother. Balderson changed the names and some details of the story for his film. He called the finished film "more fiction than fact" and not a historical piece. See more »

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The Biggest "small" movie ever made
13 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

The Biggest "small" movie ever made. That is an understatement. The term "independent film" conjures up images of low-priced film-making, unsteady shots, slackers, "cool" underdogs and story lines as pretentious as the filmmaker looking through the lens. When I think of an "independent film" I don't tend to think of high-class film-making. That is, until now. Never have I seen an independent film as outstanding as Firecracker. It isn't fare to compare Firecracker with other indie flicks. There is simply no comparison. Having seen Wamego: A Documentary, Making Movies Anywhere, I am astounded at the level of expertise summoned to craft this work of genius. The Balderson's seem really down to earth, too. That alone is something rare. Great job, guys!


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