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Johnny, the megalomaniac leader of a group of squeegee kids, finds a video camera and pushes his followers into "acting" out increasingly dangerous "scenes". | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Chris William Martin ... Johnny (as Chris Martin)

Gema Zamprogna ... Alice

Kris Lemche ... Sean
Vanessa Shaver ... Dell
Clinton Walker ... Albert

Rainbow Francks ... Gus (as Rainbow Sun Francks)
Daniel Enright ... Marcus

Kyra Harper ... Ma

Hrothgar Mathews ... Bob

Sabrina Grdevich ... Boutique Clerk
Robert Eaton ... Hooker Client
Ellen Hitchcock ... Dell & Alice's Ma

Junior Williams ... Bible Thumper
Bob Kirk ... Man in Car 3

Hugh Dillon ... Dell and Alice's Dad
Randy Kwan ... Man in Car 1 / Thug
James Donabie ... Man in Car 2
Ian Butler ... Diner Owner
Tim White ... Thug
Dale Harrison ... Thug

Directed by
Carl Bessai 
Writing credits
Carl Bessai (writer)

Produced by
Carl Bessai .... producer
Daniel Enright .... co-producer
Rainbow Francks .... co-producer (as Rainbow Sun Francks)
Kyra Harper .... co-producer
Kris Lemche .... co-producer
Chris William Martin .... co-producer (as Chris Martin)
Vanessa Shaver .... co-producer
Clinton Walker .... co-producer
Gema Zamprogna .... co-producer
Cinematography by
John Westheuser 
Film Editing by
Manfred Becker 
Casting by
Julia Tait 
Costume Design by
Heather MacCrimmon 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Virginia Abramovich .... second assistant director
Daniel Oron .... first assistant director
Anita Princl .... third assistant director
Sound Department
Ray Cook .... optical soundtrack
Steve McNamee .... sound recordist
Sanjay Mehta .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Eva Percewicz .... first assistant camera (as Eva Percowicz)
Other crew
Brigitta Schmidt .... production coordinator

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Considered to be the first North American film shot in the style of Dogma 95.See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Powerful drama of one man's need to control others, 10 June 2000
Author: hm-4 from Los Angeles, CA

The first 10-12 minutes seemed unnecessary to the plot. But, once the movie got into the story and into the characters, it was a powerful drama of confusion, abuse, power, and control filmed in an intimate style placing the movie viewer in the scenes. Some may think of this film as a sort of Animal Farm except with humans. The story is about a homeless band of young people whom we find are homeless by choice. They think they are held together by each other's friendship, but at the hub of their strength is "Johnny," the title character, that controls them all. As his needs are fulfilled, the others are torn apart and taken right to the edge. The audience is taken right along for the ride to a seemingly inevitable but unexpected conclusion. Strong performances by a talented group of young Canadian performers whom I hope we see a lot more of.

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