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Radiant City -- An examination of the nature of modern suburbia.


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  (in credits order)
Daniel Jeffery ... Nick Moss

Bob Legare ... Evan Moss
Jane MacFarlane ... Anne Moss
Ashleigh Fidyk ... Jennifer Moss
Curt McKinistry ... Ken
Karen Planden ... Karen (as Karen Jeffery)
Mikeala Jeffrey ... Nicole (as Michaela Jeffery)

Amanda Friesen ... Tina (as Amanda Guenther)
Hong Cheng ... Hong
Kyle Grant ... Kyle
Austin Penny ... Austin
Cayla Wolever ... Terry
Aaron Elekes ... Himself
Delphine Brooker ... Play Director
Stirling Karlsen ... Play Actor

Chantal Perron ... Play Actor: Singer / Dogwalker
Keith White ... Play Actor
Natascha Girgis ... Play Actor (as Natasha Girgis)
Oliver Westhall ... Piano Player
Mina Simi ... Woman at Play
Doris Latrielle ... Woman at Play
Heather Fidyk ... Herself
Darren Fidyk ... Himself
Ken Greenberg ... Himself
James Howard Kunstler ... Himself
Mark Kingwell ... Himself
Joseph Heath ... Himself
Peggy Scott ... Herself
Marc Boutin ... Himself
Andrés Duany ... Himself
Bev Sandalack ... Herself

Directed by
Jim Brown 
Gary Burns 
Writing credits
Gary Burns (written by) &
Jim Brown (written by)

Produced by
Neale Joudrie .... line producer
Carl Karp .... executive producer
Graydon McCrea .... executive producer
Jerry McIntosh .... executive producer
Bonnie Thompson .... producer
Shirley Vercruysse .... producer
Original Music by
Joey Santiago (song)
Cinematography by
Patrick McLaughlin 
Film Editing by
Jonathan Baltrusaitis 
Casting by
Deb Green 
Production Design by
John Sherrington 
Makeup Department
Caroline Dehner .... hair designer
Caroline Dehner .... makeup artist
Production Management
Mark Voyce .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ricky Friedman .... first assistant director (as Richard Friedman)
Sound Department
Patrick Andrews .... foley recordist
Patrick Butler .... re-recording mixer
Patrick Butler .... supervising sound editor
Cal Harle .... foley artist
Igal Petel .... sound mixer
Ryan Schriml .... sound editor
Bennett Suba .... re-recording mixer
Bennett Suba .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Donna Brunsdale .... stills photographer
Warren Gibson .... key grip
Brett Manyluk .... steadicam operator
Brian Shier .... first assistant camera
Derek Waite .... gaffer
Animation Department
Caroline Mouris .... animation
Frank Mouris .... animation
Casting Department
Alyson Lockwood .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Caroline Dehner .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Andrea Dixon .... colorist
Trisha Todd .... assistant picture editor
Music Department
Natalie Baartz .... music supervisor
John Bissell .... music supervisor
Other crew
Brian Dunne .... location manager
Andrea Marantz .... research services
Leslie Maynes .... accountant
Sabrina Paradis .... script supervisor (as Sabrina Birrell)
Melody Thompson .... craft service
Jenn Vincent .... production assistant

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Additional Details

93 min | Canada:86 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
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James Howard Kunstler:Eighty percent of everything ever built in North America has been built in the last 50 years. And most of it is brutal, ugly, depressing, unhealthy, and spiritually degrading.See more »


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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A Doc For The Times, 10 December 2007
Author: groggo from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

There's a surprise, 'trick' ending to this documentary, but it doesn't really matter. We are given a revealing close-up of life in suburbia, those densely populated, manufactured wastelands that may have been obsolete 20 years ago.

The film was made in and around Calgary, Alberta, Canada, but, given the physical sameness of suburbia, it could have been made anywhere in Canada or the U.S. We see endless streets with almost identical homes, 'permanent' construction resembling war zones, no trees, no natural parks, no sidewalks, no people. But we DO see masses of vehicles, and super-duper shopping malls that have everything a human being will ever need in war or peace, feast or famine.

The inner city evolved 'organically' (according to one observer in the film). Conversely, the suburbs are pre-packaged 'communities' where all buyers need is an ample wallet and at least two gas-guzzling vehicles (one MUST be an SUV, apparently). A sense of 'togetherness,' as generally understood, is artificially imposed or flat-out illusory. Like secreted apartment dwellers in big cities, single-family suburban dwellers often barely know their neighbours.

Public transit, walking, cycling, etc. are simply non-starters when suburbanites live two hours from their jobs. According to the film, they spend an average of 55 DAYS (!!) a year on the roads, mostly commuting back and forth to work.

(Late Note: In March 2008, 'Radiant City' won the Genie Award --often called Canada's version of the Academy Awards -- for best Canadian documentary film.)

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