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Cast

  (in credits order)

Lukas Haas ... Carter

January Jones ... Darla
Gordon Bass ... Lawyer
Anne Brown ... Ruth

Brianne Davis ... Ann

Tim De Zarn ... Shelley

D.L. Hopkins ... Cook

Mary Mara ... Pam
Jonathan Orcutt ... Wrecker Driver

Lee Weaver ... Leroy

Chris Williams ... Bobby
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aisha Renée Moore ... Coffeehouse Patron (uncredited)
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Directed by
Derek Sieg 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Derek Sieg 

Produced by
Tyler Davidson .... producer
Jennifer Dodson .... executive producer
Jay R. Ferguson .... executive producer
Hathalee Higgs .... associate producer
Andrew Kavovit .... executive producer
Lynn Kramer .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Josh Robertson 
 
Cinematography by
Richard Lopez 
 
Film Editing by
Daniel A. Valverde 
 
Casting by
Anya Colloff 
Amy McIntyre Britt 
Michael V. Nicolo 
 
Production Design by
Ruth De Jong 
 
Art Direction by
Kevin Pierce 
 
Set Decoration by
Taylor Savas Reese 
 
Costume Design by
Amelia Zontini 
 
Makeup Department
Tiki Barber .... assistant hair stylist
Tiki Barber .... assistant makeup artist
Laura Garrett .... key hair stylist
Laura Garrett .... key makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Hurt .... second second assistant director
Noel Maitland .... second assistant director
Kahlil Pedizisai .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Clint Bonner .... set dresser
Stephen G. Shifflette .... leadman
 
Sound Department
Leslie Bloom .... foley artist
Alan Freedman .... adr engineer
Adam Harding .... adr engineer
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... sound editor
Beauxregard Neylen .... assistant adr mixer
Alex Raspa .... adr mixer: New York
Alex Raspa .... foley mixer
Chris Rich .... post sound coordinator (as Christopher Rich)
Kyle A. Ryan .... sound mixer
Ahmad Shirazi .... supervising sound editor
Leonard Suwalski .... boom operator
Colin Weeks .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Barry Davis .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Aida Artieda .... best boy electric
Ian Carmody .... second assistant camera
Kiely Cronin .... first assistant camera
James Davis .... electrician
Kent Eanes .... still photographer
Alex Esber .... first assistant camera
Nick Haines-Stiles .... best boy grip
James Heerdegen .... key grip
Monica Houston .... still photographer
Marcus Lehmann .... gaffer
Kevin Martt .... grip
Christopher Norris .... first assistant camera
Alexander Roberts .... camera intern (as Zander Roberts)
Jason Sarrey .... grip
Donnie Schneider .... electrician
Yoshi Sonoda .... electrician
Han West .... camera intern
 
Casting Department
Liz Marks .... local casting
Jennifer Rudolph .... casting: New York
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dejon Gee Coppadge .... wardrobe assistant
Kathy B. Washington .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Don Ciana .... film timer
Erin Davis .... assistant editor
Joe Gawler .... digital intermediate colorist
Marygrace Nicolas .... digital intermediate project manager
Ralph Scaglione .... on-line editor
Christian Zak .... digital intermediate producer
 
Music Department
Nick Kendall .... musician: violin
 
Transportation Department
Jamie Davidson .... transportation
Tom McCue .... transportation coordinator
Jeremy Slonaker .... transportation
 
Other crew
Jill Ashley .... assistant to producer
Nick Bacon .... production intern
Stutz Bearcat .... production assistant
Tim Beyerle .... craft service
Jamie Broadnax .... production assistant
Christian D. Bruun .... title designer
Matt Cahill .... location manager
Jean-Paul Chreky .... script supervisor
Ralph Costanza .... print coordinator
Erin Davis .... assistant production office coordinator
Patrick Harrison .... stand-in
Willie Jackson .... production assistant
Hugh Kalergis .... assistant location manager
Jen Lilley .... production assistant
Gina Mauro .... assistant production accountant
Marcia McGee .... assistant to producer
Lisa Reeder .... chef
Lisa Robertson .... production accountant
Daniel Silverman .... film recorder
Angela Smith .... production office coordinator
Lizzy Steers-Smith .... stand-in
Mike Suter .... production assistant
Dustin Thompson .... production assistant
Chad Welch .... key set production assistant
 
Thanks
Barry Ellenberger .... special thanks
 

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27 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Sweet little gem that will warm your heart, 17 October 2006
Author: larry-411 from United States

I attended the East Coast premiere of "Swedish Auto" at the Woodstock Film Festival. I knew precious little about this film going in, and that's often best, because it means that one can be surprised but never disappointed. And what a sweet surprise this was. Carter (Lukas Haas) spends day after monotonous day as a mechanic in a local Swedish auto repair shop. Every 24 hours are the same, as are the faces which he sees from morning until night. Leroy (Lee Weaver) and his son Bobby (Chris Williams) run the shop. Darla (January Jones) serves up lunch at the local sandwich shop. And there's Ann (Brianne Davis), the gifted young violinist whom Carter stalks nightly. Hmm...was that a double take on your part? Well, perhaps "stalks" is a bit harsh, but there's really no other word for it. After all, Carter lives on the other side of the tracks (literally -- he has to step over them to get past his door) and fair maidens don't often cross his path. Meanwhile, Darla is secretly watching him in his nightly travels. This voyeuristic setup is the stuff of which mysteries are made. But this is far from it. Love triangle? Not quite. For this is truly an original film that has indie written all over it, in both style and substance, and has elements of drama and comedy and wonder and twists and turns galore. In short, life itself.

If you love indies you'll smile as the opening credits roll. Shot in 1.85:1, you know this will be a character-driven film all the way. No widescreen pretensions here. Using mostly natural lighting and a grainy film stock, "Swedish Auto" has the look of a home movie, in only the most complimentary sense. The characters are always softly lit to allow the acting to shine through. The sweet violin-based score is just sparse enough, yet always just appropriate enough, to know when to stay out of the way. Dialogue is kept to a minimum, especially in the early character development. Those three elements force a focus on these young folks' faces, and so much of this script is told through Haas and Jones' incredibly expressive eyes. What a casting coup all around.

As the characters become voyeurs, so do we, with the occasional hand-held shot. But this is a simple story at its heart, and needs no hi-tech, no special effects or whiz bang edits, no provocative camera angles so favored by many indie filmmakers. The Virginia countryside that serves as the setting is breathtaking, while the gritty, unhurried blue collar town in which the protagonists live and work reflects the unhurried nature of the film itself.

It's hard to go wrong with these brilliant actors, in such carefully-chosen locations, with such a nuanced, emotional score, and Derek Sieg's story brings it all together. In the Q&A after the film, Sieg revealed that Jones was originally under consideration for Ann, the blonde of Carter's desires. But as Darla she is so at ease in the skin of the lost, lonely girl who just may need an equally lost, lonely boy to show her what love is. January Jones is someone to watch for. A true veteran just barely out of his 20's, Haas is well-known to most film-goers. From his stunning performance at the tender age of 8 in "Witness" to his gritty portrayal of Buzz in the upcoming "Alpha Dog" (I saw it at Sundance and it's not to be missed) Haas has firmly planted his flag on the landscape of American cinema and his brilliant performance here shouldn't surprise those who've seen his work. If you haven't, he will hook you and reel you in. Derek Sieg's "Swedish Auto" is a sweet little gem, a delightful surprise that warmed my heart as it will yours.

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