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George Washington -- Over the course of one hot summer, a group of children in the rural south are forced to confront a tangle of difficult choices in a decaying world. An ambitiously constructed, sensuously photographed meditation on adolescence, the first feature film by director David Gordon Green features breakout performances from an award-winning ensemble cast.
George Washington -- Over the course of one hot summer, a group of children in the rural south are forced to confront a tangle of difficult choices in a decaying world.


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28 September 2001 (UK) See more »
down this twisted road, please watch over my soul and lift me up so gently so as not to touch the ground.
A group of children, in a depressed small town, band together to cover up a tragic mistake one summer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
9 wins & 15 nominations See more »
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 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 28 March 2008)

David Gordon Green on "Snow Angels"
 (From IFC. 4 March 2008, 4:22 AM, PST)

WIP turns Green with 2 projects
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 20 March 2007)

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Uniquely captures the mood of adolescence See more (75 total) »


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Candace Evanofski ... Nasia
Donald Holden ... George
Damian Jewan Lee ... Vernon
Curtis Cotton III ... Buddy

Rachael Handy ... Sonya

Paul Schneider ... Rico Rice

Eddie Rouse ... Damascus
Janet Taylor ... Aunt Ruth
Derricka Rolle ... Whitney

Ebony Jones ... Denise
Jonathan Davidson ... Euless
Scott Clackum ... Augie
Beau Nix ... Rico's Father
Jason Shirley ... Railroad Worker
William Tipton ... Railroad Worker
Balla Keita ... Railroad Worker

Will Janowitz ... Railroad Worker
Shannon Davis ... Railroad Worker
Ryan Morris ... Railroad Worker
Christian Gustaitis ... Tyler
Joyce Mahaffey ... Tyler's Mom
Johnny 'Blue' Gardner ... George's Doctor
Rudy Anderson ... Sonya's Attorney
Henry Harris ... Baptist (as Henry A. Harris)
Alan Thompson ... George's Father
Stephanie Grant ... Buddy's Momma
Tabitha Bell ... Interviewer

Chris Kennedy ... Strong Man
Richard Skaggs ... Uncle Sam
Stephen Vazquez ... Boy at the Wreck
Jocelyn Bond ... Nasia's Friend
Kimberley Rogers ... Nasia's Friend

Olivia Constance Walker ... Nasia's Friend (as Olivia Walker)

Yolanda Hairston ... News Woman
Thomas Cormier ... Camera Man
Christof Gebert ... The sound Man
Clinton Campbell Jr. ... Photographer
Smokey ... The Dog

Directed by
David Gordon Green 
Writing credits
David Gordon Green (written by)

Produced by
Sam Froelich .... executive producer
David Gordon Green .... producer
Sacha W. Mueller .... producer
Lisa Muskat .... producer
Erin Aldridge Orr .... co-producer (as Erin Aldridge)
Darius Shahmir .... line producer (as Daria Shahmir)
Craig Zobel .... co-producer (as R. Craig Zobel)
Original Music by
Michael Linnen 
David Wingo 
Cinematography by
Tim Orr (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Zene Baker 
Steven Gonzales 
Production Design by
Richard A. Wright  (as Richard Wright)
Art Direction by
Richard A. Wright  (as Richard Wright)
Costume Design by
Michael Tully 
Makeup Department
Jeremy Macklem .... special makeup effects artist
Michael Tully .... makeup artist
Production Management
David C. Cook .... post-production supervisor (as David Cook)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Benji Gillespie .... first assistant director
Andrew Gillis .... second unit director
Danny McBride .... additional second unit director
Art Department
Mike Chapman .... art
Charlie Dugan .... swing
Berndt Mader .... swing
Sound Department
C-Note .... sound effects editor
E-Rod .... dialogue editor
Scott Elliot .... sound assistant
Gonzalo Espinoza .... sound effects editor (as Bino Espinoza)
Christof Gebert .... location sound engineer
Charlie Harring .... foley artist (as Charles Harring)
Thomas Kilzer .... foley recordist
David Kitchens .... sound supervisor
Jacky Kreple .... sound assistant
Michael Kreple .... sound effects editor
Chris McDonough .... sound coordinator
Eliza Pollack Zebert .... dialogue editor (as Eliza Zebert)
Paige Pollack .... foley artist
Eric Reuveni .... sound coordinator
Ken Skoglund .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Webb .... sound assistant
Suzanne Willard .... assistant sound
David Wingo .... boom operator
Ben Zarai .... foley recordist
Ben Zarai .... supervising sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Scott Gardner .... assistant camera: second unit
Jason Musco .... second assistant camera
Ryan Nelson .... grip
Brian Nisbett .... dolly grip
Brian Nisbett .... still photographer
Steve Pedulla .... additional photographer
Steve Pedulla .... gaffer
Matthew A. Petrosky .... first assistant camera
Brian Sides .... grip
David Speck .... clapper loader
Ray Stilson .... grip
Adam Stone .... additional photographer
Adam Stone .... director of photography: second unit
Adam Stone .... lighting: second unit
Karey Williams .... additional photographer
Karey Williams .... key grip
Karey Williams .... underwater director of photography
Kenneth Wilson II .... assistant camera
Kenneth Wilson II .... best boy
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jessica Mickey .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Ivo Stainoff .... color timer
Other crew
Ryan Arnett .... production assistant
Anna Dudley .... continuity
Charlie Dugan .... wrangler
Emmy Ellison .... production coordinator (as Elizabeth Ellison)
Chris Gonzales .... computer consultant
Elaine Green .... teacher
Laura Thompson .... assistant to director
Wade Adams .... thanks
Lantz Barbour .... thanks
Ben Best .... thanks
Molly Bradford .... thanks
Peter Broderick .... thanks
Rick Brophy .... thanks
Shawn Byrd .... thanks
Matt Chapman .... thanks
Mike Chapman .... thanks
Robert E. Collins .... thanks (as Robert Collins)
Kevan Cyka .... thanks
Clarke Dummit .... thanks
Giuli Dummit .... thanks
Joe Dunton .... thanks
Pat Dye .... thanks
Patty Dye .... thanks
Ralph Fairweather .... the producers wish to thank: Apple Computer
Peter F. Fedak III .... thanks (as Peter Fedak)
Butter Fisher .... thanks
Carlos Gallardo .... thanks
Ralph Gibson .... the producers wish to thank: Oakview Barbershop
Gordon Green .... thanks
Jeanne Green .... thanks
Sam Grogg .... thanks
Brian Harrison .... the producers wish to thank: Apple Computer
Gary Hawkins .... thanks
Gill Holland .... thanks
Anne Hunter .... thanks
Bryan Johnson .... thanks (as Big)
Erv Karwelis .... the producers wish to thank: Idol Records (as Erv)
Loran Kary .... the producers wish to thank: Film Logic
Ida Keptner .... thanks
Ron Keptner .... thanks
Robert Kessel .... thanks
Terry King .... thanks
David Kitchens .... thanks
Bryan Kupko .... thanks (as Brian Kupco)
Nan Mahle .... thanks
James Marcovitz .... thanks (as James Marcowitz)
Dominic Mouzon .... thanks
Douglas Nabors .... thanks (as Doug Nabors)
Phil Newsome .... thanks
Anis Panjwani .... thanks
Sarah Pillsbury .... thanks
Harvey Platt .... thanks
Sandy Platt .... thanks
Dale Pollock .... thanks
Janice Price .... thanks
Christopher Quinn .... thanks
Susan Quinn .... thanks
Dean Ramser .... thanks
Brian Reis .... thanks
Eric Reuveni .... thanks
Greg Ridge .... thanks
Sylvia Ridge .... thanks
Midge Sanford .... thanks
Sandra Schulberg .... thanks
Sharon Sklar .... thanks (as Sharan Sklar)
Milton Tabbot .... thanks
Onur Tukel .... thanks
Chris Walldorf .... thanks
Dave Webb .... thanks
Janice Lauf Wellerstein .... thanks (as Janice Wellerstein)
Karey Williams .... thanks
Pete 'The Dog Man' Zellmer .... thanks
Pat Zobel .... thanks
Roger Zobel .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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89 min | Argentina:94 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival) | USA:90 min (TV version)
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Did You Know?

Nearly all of the actors in the film were non-professionals that had been hand-picked by David Gordon Green through random circumstances. The most interesting of these circumstances was how Green met with actor Donald Holden, who played George Richardson. Green has said that he met with Donald Holden on a beach near where he lived at the time and simply asked him to be in the film.See more »
Continuity: It is stated early in the film that Buddy is 13 years old, yet on his missing sign, it says he is only 10.See more »
Vernon:I just wish I had my own tropical island, I wish... I wish I was... I could go to China, I wish I could go out of The States... I wish I had my own planet, I wish I... I wish there were 200 of me, man... I wish I could just sit around with computers and just brainstorm all day man. I wish I was born again... I wish I could get saved and get my life through Christ... then maybe he can forgive me for what I did... I wish there was just one belief... my belief.See more »
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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Uniquely captures the mood of adolescence, 19 August 2002
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

"I like to go to beautiful places where there's waterfalls and empty fields"… Nasia

George Washington is a meandering, moody, and hypnotic look at a group of black children, ages 9 to 14, during one summer in North Carolina. This was my second viewing and it remained a deeply satisfying experience. Though at times self-conscious, George Washington brings to mind Terence Malick's Days of Heaven with its voice-over narration, languid, dreamy tone, and gorgeous cinematography.

The youngsters are shown talking and playing aimlessly among the squalid junkyards and abandoned buildings of their neighborhood. They do not talk much about their hopes for the future but focus on their families and their girl friends and boy friends. The dialogue is partly improvised and, like Days of Heaven, allows the characters to speak in a manner that is slightly more poetic and contemplative than the average teenager.

The narrator, Nasia (Candace Evanofski), is a 12-year-old who has just broken up with her 13-year-old boyfriend Buddy (Curtis Cotton III) because, in her view, he's too young and immature. She's more attracted to Buddy's friend George (Donald Holden), a quiet and serious boy who always wears a helmet to protect his soft skull. They hang out with their friends, a mismatched pair of amateur car thieves named Vernon (Damian Jewan Lee) and Sonya (Rachael Handy), and also with Rico (Paul Schneider), a local railroad worker. Buddy shares his sadness with Rico who comforts him with his own story of lost love.

When an unexpected tragedy occurs, each of them must look closer at themselves and struggle to make an emotional connection with the events. They come to their realizations at different moments throughout the film and slowly begin to change in different ways. George, for one, after saving a drowning boy in a swimming pool becomes a neighborhood hero. Those realizations, however, do not provide an instantaneous fix and Green does not provide a forced happy ending.

Green has said, "One of the reasons I made this movie is because movies talk down to kids, put them as a cute little kid with a box of cereal and a witty joke," says Green. "You watch movies like Kindergarten Cop and it's like, 'Oh, a kid said something about sex. Isn't that funny?' It's just annoying and it makes me sad for their parents."

George Washington presents a view of teens that is not condescending but shows each character as a person of dignity and worth. It uniquely captures the confusion of adolescence, the need to belong, to believe life is or can be important, and the universal longing for love. Green has looked into the squalor and found beauty. Like a poem of Walt Whitman, he has expressed the divine in the commonplace.

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