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Nothing Like Dreaming (2004)

A film about a troubled fire artist and a teenage girl in rural Vermont.





Credited cast:
Morgan Bicknell ...
Emma Ericksen
Sonny Gale
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sue Ball
Rachel Bissex ...
Rachel Ericksen
Sam Chapin ...
Jake Crumbine ...
Jimmy (as Jacob Crumbine)
Rusty De Wees ...
Red Morisette
Ruby Ferm ...
Tawnya Fogg
John Griesemer ...
Sen. Jess Ericksen
Colin Gunn ...
Doran Hamm ...
Lenny Ericksen
Joshua J. Masters ...
Officer Roy Bain


A film about a fire artist and a troubled teenage girl in rural Vermont. In their fortuitous encounter, forged by fire, he makes peace with the past and she takes control of her destiny. Together they build a mysterious musical instrument that provides a path to their healing. The story takes place in Vermont, against the backdrop of the state capitol, where civil union laws are being debated along with gun control and DWI's. Written by Nora Jacobson

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3 June 2004 (USA)  »

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Out of Her Mind  »

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The "fire organ" featured in the film was inspired and built by French sound artist, Michel Moglia. See more »


When the cops arrive during the party, one of the extras runs off in three different directions within a short period of time before the cops begin berating the partygoers by the woodpile. See more »

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Exploring A Strange Vermont Relationship
15 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nora Jacobson's "Nothing Like Dreaming" is probably nothing like you've ever seen before, unless you're familiar with her previous work, or the work of another Vermont filmmaker, Walter Ungerer. While Ungerer's work usually shuns a traditional story structure, in NLD we are shown the growth of a relationship between two unique and interesting characters.

Emma (Bicknell) is a young high school senior, just accepted to Yale, when her friend is killed in a drunk driving accident. Through her rage and sadness, she finds another lost soul to be with- the much older Sonny Gale (Woodard), whose mental health is in serious question.

The two form a relationship around the Fire Organ, a rare musical instrument which Emma helps Sonny make. Most organs are played with air pumped through tubes, but the Fire Organ (an actual instrument) is played by blowing fire from a torch into the tubes, creating a haunting sound to accompany the strange visual.

I don't want to say too much more about this film, only that I would encourage people to try and see it any way they can, because it is a movie worth seeing. www.NothingLikeDreaming.com has screening times and locations, and you can get the video there too. I highly recommend this movie to anyone interested in wading away from the mainstream of independent cinema.

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