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Paranoid Park -- A teenage skateboarder's life begins to fray after he is involved in the accidental death of a security guard.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Gus Van Sant (screenplay)
Blake Nelson (novel)
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Release Date:
24 October 2007 (Belgium) See more »
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Plot:
A teenage skateboarder's life begins to fray after he is involved in the accidental death of a security guard. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
7 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Another fine film from Gus Van Sant See more (101 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Gabe Nevins ... Alex
Daniel Liu ... Detective Richard Lu (as Dan Liu)
Jake Miller ... Jared

Taylor Momsen ... Jennifer
Lauren McKinney ... Macy
Scott Patrick Green ... Scratch (as Scott Green)
John Michael Burrowes ... Security Guard (as John 'Mike' Burrowes)
Grace Carter ... Alex's Mom
Jay 'Smay' Williamson ... Alex's Dad
Christopher Doyle ... Uncle Tommy
Dillon Hines ... Henry
Emma Nevins ... Paisley
Brad Peterson ... Jolt
Winfield Jackson ... Christian (as Winfield Henry Jackson)
Joe Schweitzer ... Paul
Oliver Garnier ... Cal

Mubarak Ra'oof ... Ryan / Skateboarder
Eric Anderson ... Other Kid #1
Jeremy Anderson ... Other Kid #2
Addison Owen ... Another Kid #1
Richard Miller ... Detective #2

Emily Galash ... Rachel
Esther Vaca ... Elizabeth Goulet
Jordy Weimer ... Elizabeth's Friend
Andres Alcala ... Police Officer (as Andrés Alcalá)
Paul Dolbey ... Police Officer #2
Susan Ploetz ... Ms. Adams

M. Blash ... Math Teacher (as M Blash)
John Pearson-Denning ... Science Teacher
Chester Stallings ... Skate Shop Employee
Nick Culbertson ... Cafeteria Kid
Ken Boddie ... News Anchor
Amanda Winkler ... Café Girl
Ben Burrowes ... Waiter
Chrissy Conant ... Phone Operator (voice)
Sage Bolyard ... Skateboarder
Chuck Willis ... Skateboarder

Danny Minnick ... Skateboarder
Francisco Pedrasa ... Skateboarder (as Francisco Kico Pedrasa)
Tanner Kewley ... Skateboarder
Adam Kiedrowski ... Skateboarder
Bodhi Briggs ... Skateboarder
Tristan Brillanceau-Lewis ... Skateboarder
Kyle Davis ... Skateboarder
Michael Davis ... Skateboarder
Spencer Crimin ... Skateboarder
LeShaun Williams ... Skateboarder
Spencer Brillanceau-Lewis ... Skateboarder
Diya Ra'oof ... Skateboarder
Elbert Garner ... Skateboarder
Kevin Nickoloff ... Skateboarder
Rick Charnoski ... Skateboarder
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gus Van Sant ... Guy reading newspaper (uncredited) (unconfirmed)

Directed by
Gus Van Sant 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Gus Van Sant (screenplay)

Blake Nelson (novel)

Produced by
David Allen Cress .... producer (as David Cress)
Neil Kopp .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Christopher Doyle 
Rain Li  (as Rain Kathy Li)
 
Film Editing by
Gus Van Sant 
 
Casting by
Lana Veenker 
 
Art Direction by
John Pearson-Denning 
 
Set Decoration by
Sean Fong 
 
Costume Design by
Chapin Simpson 
 
Makeup Department
David Atherton .... special makeup effects artist
Kristenlee Morton .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Brett Cranford .... unit production manager
Claire Dornoy .... administrative production manager
Rahma Goubar .... post-production supervisor
Mark Pedante .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kyle LeMire .... second assistant director
Jonas Spaccarotelli .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Jenelle Giordano .... set dresser
Adam Johnson .... art department
Drew Pinniger .... property master
Dan Schaefer .... storyboard artist: previsualizations for special effects
 
Sound Department
Felix Andrew .... sound mixer
Yannick Boulot .... sound mix technician
Pascal Chauvin .... foley artist
Vincent Cosson .... sound re-recording mixer
Noah Davis .... additional adr recordist
Philippe Dongé .... sound mix technician
Eric Ferret .... foley mixer
Johann Nallet .... sound recordist
Francis Perrard .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Francis Pereard)
Neil Riha .... second sound mixer
Benjamin Rosier .... assistant sound editor
Leslie Shatz .... sound designer
Franck Tassel .... foley artist
 
Special Effects by
Solomon Burbridge .... special effects assistant
 
Visual Effects by
Shirak Agresta .... digital compositor
Ray DiCarlo .... visual effects executive producer (as Ray Di Carlo)
Tarn Fox .... digital compositor
Jalal Jemison .... digital effects artist
Brian Kinkley .... digital compositor
Zach Lewis .... visual effects coordinator
Tsui Ling Toomer .... visual effects producer
Peter Vickery .... digital compositor
Jon Weigand .... visual effects editor
Chel White .... visual effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Matt Barbee .... first assistant camera
Christopher Blauvelt .... first assistant camera (as Chris Blauvelt)
Tyson Carpenter .... additional electrician
Kyril Cvetkov .... assistant camera
Paul Fanning .... electrician
T.G. Firestone .... assistant camera
Bruce 'Sarge' Fleskes .... gaffer
Andrew Gallegos .... electrician
Nate Goodman .... camera loader
Scott Patrick Green .... still photographer
Mike Hanauska .... additional electrician (as Michael Hanauska)
Steve Hubert .... additional electrician
Brent Lawson .... best boy grip
Brian C. Lawson .... grip
Bruce Lawson .... key grip
Stephen MacDougall .... second assistant camera
Matthew May .... additional electrician
David McMurry .... additional electrician
Eliza Plumlee .... camera production assistant
Greg Schmitt .... Steadicam operator
Joe Vitellaro .... grip
Scott Walters .... best boy electric
 
Casting Department
James Buehring .... open casting call staff
Sally Gates .... extras casting
Eryn Goodman .... casting assistant
Heather Harlow .... open casting call coordinator
Lori Lewis .... casting associate
Simon Max Hill .... additional casting
Elias McConnel .... open casting call staff
Brandon Medford .... open casting call staff
Danny Stoltz .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amanda Needham .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Jake Buff .... colorist: dailies
Dicky Dahl .... editorial assistant
Eric Hill .... assistant editor
Mato .... film color timer
 
Music Department
Rachel Fox .... music clearances
 
Transportation Department
Victoria Mischa Austreng .... driver
Steve Evans .... driver
David Norris .... transportation coordinator
Jason Ruffolo .... driver
 
Other crew
George Adams .... production assistant
Amber Bariaktari .... production assistant (as Amber Harrison)
Caroline Baurez .... production accountant
Cora Benesh .... office production assistant
Colin McDougall Brown .... lead office production assistant
Sara Burton .... location manager
Kari A. Coleman .... assistant: Mr. Van Sant (as Kari Coleman)
Brett Cranford .... production accountant
Morgan Currie .... assistant to producers
Shayna Goldstein .... set teacher
Nicole Hawkins .... extras coordinator
Andrea Hofer .... craft service assistant
Devan Linforth .... additional production assistant
Rachel Lipsey .... craft service
Chip Mefford .... technical/safety advisor
Tyler J. Peterson .... product placement
Davis Priestley .... production coordinator
Yona Prost .... production assistant
Eric Rae .... assistant accountant
Brandon Ritter .... production assistant
Lance Rosen .... legal representative
Joe Rynearson .... key set production assistant
Patrick Sandefur .... production assistant
Jonathan 'Brad' Shinpaugh .... set medic
Brian Shotzbarger .... production assistant
Amy Teitter .... production assistant
Derek Wilson .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Sage Bolyard .... special thanks
Edouard Dubois .... thanks
Danny Elfman .... special thanks
Kevin Fletcher .... special thanks
Richard Francis .... special thanks
Didier Kunstlinger .... special thanks
Maud Leclair .... special thanks
Mark Scott .... special thanks
Chuck Willis .... special thanks
Hal Willner .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for some disturbing images, language and sexual content
Runtime:
85 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2007 (#01)See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Alex goes to Rebel Skates he gets a board with white wheels. Later after the scene where Alex and Jennifer discusses to buy condoms, the board Alex carries is a different board with green wheels. Later he has the board with white wheels again.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Alex:Oh. Hey Uncle Tommy.
Uncle Tommy:Hey.
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Movie Connections:
References Napoleon Dynamite (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Heard ThatSee more »

FAQ

Is Paranoid Park based off a book?
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29 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Another fine film from Gus Van Sant, 10 February 2008
Author: Robert_Woodward from United Kingdom

This is another fine film by Gus Van Sant which sadly seems to have overlooked by most cinemas and cinema-goers where I live. I attended one of three screenings at an almost-deserted local art-house cinema in Southampton. For me, however, this short, low-key film left a deep-impression.

The non-narrative structure of the film means that the action on screen cuts back and forth in time around a central incident in which Alex, played by Gabe Nevins, causes the death of a security guard on a train track in Portland, Oregon, where the film is set. This shocking event is unveiled, appropriately enough, in the middle of the film. From very early it is more or less obvious what trouble Alex is in, so there is little sense of mystery about the film's events. However the non-narrative sequencing does allow for questions to float to the surface before explanations and elaborations begin to crop up later in the film, allowing the viewer to make connections and draw some conclusions for themselves. I quite enjoy this approach to story-telling although it does seem to be increasingly common (see Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Memento, et al).

The cast, apparently consisting of local teenagers with little background in acting, turn in some fine performances, especially Gabe Nevins in the central role of Alex. Scenes in the film are interspersed with camcorder footage of teenagers skateboarding around Oregon, which is a novel touch and in keeping with the feel of Van Sant's films, which are realistic but more dreamlike than gritty.

A special mention should go to the soundtrack in Paranoid Park, which is one of the strongest features of this film. The music ranges from rock (the Revolts) through folk (Elliott Smith) to classical (Beethoven) and musique concrete (Robert Normandeau). My favourite use of music in the film is in the opening shots of skateboarders in the skate park (from which the film's title is taken). Warm electronic tones and burblings envelope a continuous slow-motion camera shot of skateboarders as they rove around the the curves and angles of the park and the effect is really quite magical. (Having said that, I think there are one too many slow-motion shots later in this film which seem somewhat suspicious when the running time is less than 90 minutes...)

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