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Pope Dreams -- In the vein of Good Will Hunting and Garden State, POPE DREAMS is a coming of age tale about a young man at a crossroads in life...


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  (in credits order)

Phillip Vaden ... Andy Venable

Marnette Patterson ... Brady Rossman

Julie Hagerty ... Kristina Venable

Stephen Tobolowsky ... Carl Venable

Noel Fisher ... Pete
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Samantha Anderson ... Heather
Casey Barclay ... Eric

Jordan Belfi ... Lucas Bowman
Naleah Dey ... Juanita Steinberg

Michael Edwin ... Case Officer

Chris Foreman ... Zane

Sarah Foret ... Hannah

Rif Hutton ... Riff Malloy (as Riff Hutton)

Barbara Lettieri ... Italian Phone Operator (voice)
Steve Loh ... Paramedic
Albert-James Motil ... Priest

Mandy Musgrave ... Virginia Venable

Larisa Oleynik ... Maggie Venable
Curtis Porterfield ... Customer

David Shatraw ... Joel Rossman

Rex Smith ... Don Merchant
Robert Stio ... Store Clerk

Stuart Stone ... Fox

Karen Zumsteg ... Janet Venable

Directed by
Patrick Hogan 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Patrick Hogan 

Produced by
Steve Loh .... executive producer
Steve Loh .... producer
Ryan Mintz .... line producer
Curtis Porterfield .... associate producer
Original Music by
Joel J. Richard 
Cinematography by
John Ealer 
Film Editing by
Mae Edwards 
Casting by
Carey DiPietro 
Production Design by
Nicolas Plotquin 
Art Direction by
Chris Minkel 
Set Decoration by
Kristina Parsons  (as Kristina Fuangkasae)
Costume Design by
Carol H. Beule 
Makeup Department
Donna Cohen .... assistant makeup artist
Kristy Gomes .... assistant makeup artist
Kiera Hansen .... key makeup artist
Hanako Izuoka .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ted Campbell .... first assistant director
Adriana Cebadamora .... second assistant director
Reagan Hartman .... second second assistant director
Keith Jones .... additional second second assistant director (as Keith C.A. Jones)
Steve Loh .... second unit director
Art Department
Leo Rodriguez .... leadman
Peggy Wang .... set dresser
Sound Department
Dicken Berglund .... adr mixer
Joey Bilger .... sound assistant
Tom Bognar .... assistant sound editor
Kenneth R. Burton .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Cookson .... sound effects editor
Nathan Hankins .... assistant sound editor
Brian Hawlk .... sound mixer
Mark Kaim .... stage recordist
Jason Krane .... adr editor
Jason Krane .... dialogue editor
Jimmy Kuehn .... sound recordist
Stuart Martin .... sound effects editor
Gus Medina .... foley mixer
Todd Murakami .... sound effects editor
Andre Perreault .... sound re-recording mixer
Dale W. Perry .... foley artist (as Dale Perry)
Robert Ramirez .... sound effects editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Eduardo Barraza .... grip
Chris Burgon .... gaffer
Brett Carleton .... best boy electric
Shannon Davis .... electrician (as Shannon Phillip Davis)
Ryan DeGrazzio .... second assistant camera
Michael Desmond .... still photographer
Craig Gleason .... grip
Kevin M. Graves .... camera operator: "b" camera
Kevin M. Graves .... director of photography: second unit
Craig Jennette .... first assistant camera
Nicolas Martin .... Steadicam operator
Kris Michael .... electrician
Yen P. Nguyen .... first assistant camera
Jon Peter .... second assistant camera
Rafael Ramirez .... additional second assistant camera
Rocky Rodriguez .... grip
Eric Rohde .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brittany Trusler .... assistant costume designer
Brittany Trusler .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Joe Cook .... colorist
Arika Yanaka .... assistant editor
Other crew
Debbie Gonzalez .... production assistant
Sherry Gunderman .... script supervisor
Kimberly James .... production assistant
Jaehi Jung .... title designer
Mark Litwak .... producer's representative
Callie Miller .... key set production assistant
Christopher Pizzo .... sales agent
Edward Shen .... production assistant
Joni Smith .... production assistant
Victoria Wong .... production coordinator
Robert C. Yu .... acquisitions executive

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Also Known As:
"Music for My Mother" - USA (TV title)
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Did You Know?

The video that Andy and Brady watch on their first date Not Too Tart, Not Too Sweet (2003) is an earlier film made by producer 'Steve Loh'.See more »


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A very well told story, with characters you can like and situations you can sympathize with., 9 May 2006
Author: Henry (HenryTheHank) from San Francisco, CA

was lucky enough to see this film at the Newport Beach Film Festival, and I have to say that it was one of the best films I saw there this year. A good 'coming-of-age' film is hard to write, I think, because the conventions of storytelling lend themselves to practices which aren't reflected in our own life experiences. For example, it's tempting as a writer to tell a story where everything works out okay in the end, where all the loose ends are tied up in the places we would expect, or want, them to be. I think one of the things I liked the most about this movie was the fact that it didn't try to reconcile the irreconcilable, instead it gave us characters and situations we could actually care about because they reflect, at least a little, some part of ourselves. The resolutions in this film run the gamut from heartbreaking to happy, but none of them felt contrived or insincere.

I'm a very tough critic of films, especially independent ones, because I've seen so many. I've been to too many film festivals, and more often than not I find myself distracted by the technical shortcomings of low-to-no-budget film-making. I'll be frank and say that this film was not technically flawless –in retrospect there were a few things that I felt took away from the film. Having said that, the aspects of the movie that were good were good enough to make me look past the film's shortcomings. It got the right things right: characters I liked and believed, a story that was satisfying, and an underlying message that didn't feel trite.

If I could change anything about the movie, I would change the title. Based on the title "Pope Dreams" alone I would (and did!) make any number of assumptions about the film that aren't true. The title doesn't reflect the seriousness or gravity of the film, and it doesn't do justice to the comedy or humor either. This movie is better than its title suggests. The themes of the movie are powerful, and the title should reflect them. Ultimately the title of the film doesn't really make it better or worse, but it does do a great deal in terms of making the movie more accessible and marketable. I wouldn't be making a suggestion like this unless I really felt it would help bring more people to the audience, because I'd love to see more people check this movie out.

Congratulations to the filmmakers, you've done a wonderful job and I was thoroughly entertained. A focus on story and character is what independent film-making is all about – I'm glad to see that someone remembered that.

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