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Tennessee -- The story of three people who strive to realize their dreams. Brothers Carter and Ellis set out on a road trip to their childhood home in a desperate search for their estranged father, who may hold the key to their future.


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  (in credits order)

Adam Rothenberg ... Carter

Ethan Peck ... Ellis

Mariah Carey ... Krystal

Lance Reddick ... Frank
Ryan Lynn ... Carter - age 18

Michele Harris ... Karen

Bill Sage ... Roy

Melissa Benoist ... Laurel - age 18
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michele Ammon ... Police Dispatcher (voice)

Christopher Andrews ... Jackson
Jerry Biggs ... Manager
Ellie Braverman ... Woman in Line
Donna Brazier ... Nurse
Forrest Broadley ... Groundskeeper

Chris Browning ... Bouncer

Lawrence Bull Jr. ... Bar Patron

Camryn ... Patron (as Camryn Magness)
Harp Corrigan ... The Stranger

Matthew Del Pizzo ... Bar Patron
Aunt Dot ... Cook
Mary Evans ... Jackson's Mom
John Hardman ... Arkansas Clerk

David House ... Eugene

Dylan Kenin ... Boyfriend
Mary Layne ... Skinny Woman

Alex Manette ... Dr. McCullough

Debrianna Mansini ... Nurse Meyers

Nasser Metcalfe ... Dr. Maxwell
Tony Nudo ... Security Guard

Luce Rains ... Oklahoma Motel Clerk

Chris Ranney ... Bar Patron

Robyn Reede ... Darlene
Russell Schaumburg ... Host
Boots Southerland ... Pawn Shop Owner
Joshua Strother ... Young Carter
Sheila Ivy Traister ... Girlfriend
Noah Lee Trudell ... Young Carter
Charley Tucker ... Clerk (voice) (as Charles Tucker)

Lee Vervoort ... Bar Patron

Directed by
Aaron Woodley 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Russell Schaumburg  written by

Produced by
Lisa Cortes .... executive producer
Lee Daniels .... producer
Damon Dash .... executive producer
Tom Heller .... executive producer
Valerie Hoffman .... co-producer
Asger Hussain .... associate producer
Brad Kaplan .... co-executive producer
Jane Kelly Kosek .... executive producer
Gary Magness .... executive producer
Doreen S. Oliver-Akinnuoye .... associate producer
Chris Ridenhour .... co-executive producer (as Chris Ridenhour)
David Robinson .... executive producer (as Dave Robinson)
Sarah Siegel-Magness .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mario Grigorov 
Cinematography by
David Greene 
Film Editing by
Steve Edwards 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Suzanne Crowley 
Billy Hopkins 
Paul Schnee 
Production Design by
Aidan Leroux 
Art Direction by
RA Arancio-Parrain 
Set Decoration by
Heidi Mayfield 
Costume Design by
Deborah Everton 
Makeup Department
Linda Boykin-Williams .... second makeup artist
Melinda Dunn .... hair stylist
Jolynn Nieto .... assistant hair stylist
Pamela Roth .... makeup department head
Dana Vargas .... hair department head
Emily Vaughn .... makeup artist
Production Management
Dusty Dukatz .... production supervisor
Amy Krell .... post-production supervisor
Mark G. Mathis .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tara Cates .... second second assistant director: Nashville
Samantha Davis .... second assistant director
Dusty Dukatz .... first assistant director
Alisa Fredericks .... first assistant director
Michael A. Pinckney .... first assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Mark Bankins .... assistant property master
Lisa Corradino .... on-set dresser
Amy Giedraitis .... assistant property master
David Hewlette .... set dresser
Jodi Nichols .... art department coordinator
Spencer Stair .... leadman
Shana Terrell .... set buyer
Jeffri Welsh .... property master
Meredith Woodley .... art department assistant
Cynthia Wynn .... swing
Sound Department
Benjamin Cheah .... sound re-recording mixer
Benjamin Cheah .... supervising sound editor
Drew Douthit .... sound editor
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer
Matt Hamilton .... sound mixer: Nashville unit
Dan Korintus .... dialogue editor
Matthew Nicolay .... sound mixer
Mike Poppleton .... sound effects editor
Nicholas Renbeck .... dialogue editor
J. Seeman .... sound editor
Wyatt Sprague .... sound effects editor
Gregg Swiatlowski .... assistant sound editor
Visual Effects by
Erik Dehkhoda .... digital compositor
Erik Dehkhoda .... digital effects artist
Erick Geisler .... visual effects supervisor
John Lindstein .... digital compositor
Edward A. Duran .... stunt driver
Donna Evans .... stunt driver: Mariah Carey
Jeremy Fry .... utility stunts
Buddy Sosthand .... stunt double: Lance Reddick
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Bacharka .... lighting technician
Chip Byrd .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Scott Clark .... dolly grip
Christopher Crowther .... electrician
Anne Marie Fox .... still photographer
Drew Frazier .... electrician
Hank Herrera .... key grip
James King .... grip
David Mellow .... first assistant camera: Nashville
Joshua Miller .... grip
Stephen Mullen .... gaffer
Paul Owens .... documentary videographer
Antonio Ponti .... assistant camera
James R. Powell .... second assistant camera
Jessica Ramos .... film loader
Monty Rowan .... camera operator
Scott Satterfield .... best boy grip
Asif Siddiky .... documentary videographer
Eric Steinig .... grip
Carl Vigil .... best boy electric
Ben Watkins .... additional gaffer
Ben Watkins .... grip and electrical equipment supplier
Darryl Wilson .... key grip
Casting Department
Kathryn Brink .... casting: Albuquerque
Leah Daniels .... casting: Los Angeles
Jo Doster .... casting: Tennessee
Jessica Kelly .... casting assistant
Steve Raye Stanard .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fran Allgood .... costume supervisor
Jennifer Evans .... costumer (2007)
Elizabeth Lancaster .... key set costumer
Editorial Department
Bruce W. Cathcart .... additional editor (as Bruce Cathcart)
Andrew Drapkin .... digital intermediate colorist
Michael Jacks .... DI data wrangler
Roger La Prairie .... colorist: dailies
Lance Stubblefield .... assistant editor
Location Management
Ronald L. Carr .... location manager
Bill Kelman .... assistant location manager
Mark Ragland .... location manager
Kim Thrasher .... location assistant
James Weems .... assistant location manager: Tennessee
Music Department
Dan Evans Farkas .... music editor
A.J. Lambert .... music supervisor
Brigitte Mueller .... music consultant
E.C. Woodley .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Kari Bernhardt .... driver
Christy Claunch .... driver
William P. Davis .... transportation coordinator
Dave Hodgin Jr. .... transportation coordinator
Lance Leis .... driver
Benjamin McDade .... driver: cast
Chris McDade .... production driver
Mike McKenny .... driver: cast
Other crew
Gaetano Akiya .... first assistant accountant
Stephanie Beman .... key craft service
Cynthia Bernal .... production intern
Steve Boyle .... post-production accountant
Sherrie Bradshaw .... production accountant
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Cariad Dillon .... production intern
Gregory Doucette .... script supervisor
Brooke Fair .... assistant craft service
Dann Fink .... adr loop group director
Jonathan Gray .... production counsel
Patricia Greer .... production assistant
Justin Jones .... production assistant
Melanie Kirk .... assistant production coordinator
Cherron Kofford .... production assistant
Dustin Lane .... production assistant
Gabrielle Lasting .... assistant production office coordinator
Andre Leavell .... production assistant
Matt Mcalister .... production assistant
James R. Powell .... assistant: camera crew
Robert Profusek .... assistant: Lee Daniels
Reid Rosefelt .... unit publicist
Andre Ross .... production assistant
Dona Spangler .... production coordinator: Nashville
Jacob Uher .... payroll accountant
Betty Weaver .... production coordinator
Ayla Wilder .... production assistant
Ryan Zacarias .... key production assistant
David H. Kramer .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Bill Timoney .... adr voice group (uncredited)
Nathan Lux .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Rated R for language
99 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Val Kilmer, who lives on a nearby New Mexico ranch, initially agreed to participate in this film secondary to his work with New Mexico's Film Investment Program, but as production neared he was forced to decline secondary to other commitments.See more »
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3 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Dusty Dukatz - Production Supervisor, 12 December 2009
Author: newmexicocasting from United States

Under the direction of Dusty Dukatz the magic of this film comes to life.

Many times when a person from the general public goes to see a film, they never take into account the reason why it is as good as it is to view. Well the reason is not only the story line from the writers perspective but the people behind the making of it as well.

In the case of "Tennessee", I had the opportunity to be there while Dusty Dukatz spun his magic in directing certain scenes in this production.

Many times during the days I was able to witness Mr. Dukatz and his expertise; I saw a determined individual with a huge responsibility put together a crew of professionals along with actors and the background extras to make each scene come off without additional retakes.

Dusty's genius in putting action to film is amazing. I hope in the near future more film producers and production companies realize Dustys huge talent in helping make the magic of film become completed as the final product for the coveted viewing audiences.

Just as Mr. Wayne Newton has the title of "Mr. Las Vegas" Dusty Dukatz should retain the title of "Mr. Magic" because of his knowledge and experience in creating a movie. Great job Dusty looking forward to working with you again.

-New Mexico Casting-

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