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2007 (USA) See more »
Three siblings struggle to maintain control of their lives after the unexpected death of their parents thrusts them into an uncertain world of adulthood. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Rachael Leigh Cook ... Emily Jennings

Joseph Mazzello ... David Jennings

Nick Heyman ... Jon

David Strathairn ... Mr. Jennings

Daniel Gillies ... Jimmy

Gwen Van Dam ... Grandma Barbara

Michael Hobert ... Mike
Alex Martinez ... Young Jon
Aram Stevens ... Young David

Wing Armstrong ... Baseball Umpire
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Walter Hochbrueckner ... Homeplate Umpire

Dani Jayden ... Student (as Dani Miura)
Melissa Jeanne ... Student
Spencer Kelly ... Student
Michael Edwards ... Baseball Spectator (uncredited)
Kyle Warstler ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph Mazzello 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joseph Mazzello 

Produced by
Michael Breines .... producer
Erica Callas .... producer
Tom Compton .... associate producer
Elisabeth DeSimone .... associate producer
Michael Edwards .... producer
Larry Gevirtz .... executive producer
Joey Paul Gowdy .... associate producer
Ali Husseiny .... executive producer
Devon Iott .... co-producer
Richard Iott .... executive producer
Garrett Jensen .... associate producer
J. Patrick Lindley .... associate producer
Christian Lång .... associate producer
Joseph Mazzello .... executive producer
Catherine Migliano .... executive producer
Mark W. Miller .... executive producer
Laura Moses .... co-producer
Shane O'Brien-Keister .... associate producer
Paul Rich .... associate producer
Ashley Rogers .... associate producer
R.D. Sarkisian .... associate producer
Duane A. Sikes .... associate producer
Will Taylor .... associate producer
D.J. Thomas .... associate producer
Francesco Tremul .... associate producer
Corey Wish .... producer
Original Music by
Stephen Barton 
Kevin Blumenfeld 
Cinematography by
Mark Parry 
Casting by
Sandy Vago 
Production Design by
Jordan Ferrer 
Costume Design by
Daphne Javitch 
Makeup Department
Pamela Carius .... makeup artist
Cassandra Flowers .... assistant makeup artist
Tracy Richards .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Erica Callas .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Breines .... first assistant director
Jozeph Herceg .... second assistant director
Kimi Porter .... second second assistant director
Doug Quon .... second assistant director
Art Department
Dave Davenport .... property master
Sound Department
Justin Dzuban .... sound editor
Kirk Sullivan .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Luke Allein .... assistant camera
Jeff Dolen .... first assistant camera
Nate Field .... key grip
Alex Gaynor .... electrician (as Alex O. Gaynor)
Kyle Klutz .... gaffer
Kristina Lechuga .... second assistant camera
Christina Ortiz .... best boy electric
Jon Peter .... camera loader
Jake Rose .... assistant camera
Joseph Segura .... grip
Patrick Snider .... grip
Nick Sogard .... grip
Bryan Sprow .... grip
Chris Updegrave .... best boy electric
Chris Updegrave .... best boy grip
Annie Wildmoser .... first assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julie Medeiros .... costume design assistant
Editorial Department
Michael Cioni .... post-production consultant
Ralph Tarr .... color timer
Music Department
Allison Wright Clark .... music supervisor
Jamie Luker .... music scoring mixer
Eimear Noone .... conductor
Eimear Noone .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Emile Hanton .... transportation captain
Other crew
Ian Camacho .... set production assistant
John Dodt .... key set production assistant
John Kee .... script supervisor
Joe Moore .... production assistant
Tanya Adusumilli .... special thanks
Francesco Bori .... special thanks
Ryan Butcher .... very special thanks (as Ryan Stuart Butcher)
Titus Y.H. Chong .... special thanks
Genevieve Marie Collins .... special thanks (as Genevieve Collins)
Angelo Dane .... special thanks
Rhyl Donnelly .... special thanks
Jason Handin .... very special thanks
Sherilyn Henderson .... special thanks: extra
Stacy Henderson .... extra special thanks
Marcus Herzig .... special thanks
Matt Iwanoff .... special thanks
Geoffrey Jon .... very special thanks
Justine Kerwin .... special thanks
Melissa Martens .... special thanks
John McNevin .... special thanks
Tuomas Miettinen .... special thanks
Steve Nguyen .... special thanks
Brooke Pickett .... special thanks: extra
Dana Pickett .... special thanks: extra
Erin Pickett .... special thanks
Missy Reedy .... very special thanks (as Missy H. Reedy)
Joshua Reid-Davis .... special thanks
Edward Robins .... special thanks
Mike Sobocinski .... very special thanks
Jamie Taete .... special thanks
Mikhail Tank .... special thanks
James Matthew Turner .... very special thanks (as Jim Turner)

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Additional Details

USA:28 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

Joseph Mazzello put in $20,000 of his own money into the film and raised a further $30,000 from fans.See more »
David Jennings:He almost didn't come today.
Mike:Really? Did you tell him about the Scouts come to see him?
David Jennings:No, he doesn't know.
[looks toward the scouts]
David Jennings:My dad would have flipped out if he knew Boston College was here to see Jon. He always loved them.
Jon:[charges from first base to home plate]
Chargers Fan behind Scouts:Go Chargers!
David Jennings:Go! Go! Run home!
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A Moving and Inspiring Directorial Debut, 11 April 2007
Author: LGevirtz from New York, US

Joseph Mazzello has made an accomplished debut as a writer-director with this 30-minute short on the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy. The film was made pretty much on a shoestring (with most of the financing coming from members of Mazzello's fan club), but the result is quite impressive. It was clearly a labor of heartfelt love, and resonates with emotion. The tale of how three siblings react to the sudden deaths of their parents could easily have made for a maudlin film. Yet, Mazzello's care with his actors and the understated tone he imparts to the production result in a moving, inspirational effort. The performances of Rachel Leigh Cook and Nick Heyman as two of the siblings and Gwen Van Dam as the grandmother are fine and brimming with honesty, and David Strathairn puts in a warm cameo in a flashback as the father. Most essential to the success of this film is the performance of Joseph Mazzello himself as the brother and son who holds the family together. He shows an impressive range in his reactions to his plight, running the gamut from weary resignation to rage to hopeful determination. In this, he confirms the talent he displayed as a child star, and surpasses his previous work. And he shows great promise as both a writer and director. Though focusing on the situation of one particular family, Mazzello presents observations and comfort to a nation that is still grieving over a shared catastrophe. It's quite an achievement for a 23-year-old, and hopefully the beginning of a storied career along the lines of his fellow red-headed ex-child star Ron Howard.

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