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For as long as she could remember, Dakota Skye has been cursed with a super power. She has the ability to see the truth in any lie she hears... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Scott F. Anderson ... Casey (as Scott Anderson)
Matt Baker ... History Teacher

Eileen April Boylan ... Dakota Skye
Laci Couts ... Female Teacher (as Laci Buzzelli)

Calico Cooper ... Heather
Evan Cuthbert ... Nerd

Bay Dariz ... Jacob
Lori Decker ... Sarah
Zacry Fox ... Dan

Dominique Generaux ... Beth

J.B. Ghuman Jr. ... Kevin Miles
Lou Grande ... Terry
Destiny Hyden ... Denise
Brielle Montoya ... Dakota - 10 / 12 yrs old
Kassidy Muller ... Dakota - 6 years old

Ian Nelson ... Jonah Moreno
Shaun O'Banion ... Dakota's Dad
Rebecca Sowell ... Amy
Santina Theil ... Goth Girl
Carbon Therrien ... Chris
Cole Wittstruck ... Mark
Carol Woodburn ... Dakota's Mom
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Deanna Moore ... Punk Girl at Concert (uncredited)

Directed by
John Humber 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chad J. Shonk  written by

Produced by
John Humber .... producer
Shaun O'Banion .... producer
Original Music by
Seth Podowitz 
Cinematography by
Brett Juskalian 
Film Editing by
Jeff Castelluccio 
Art Direction by
Carl Hawke 
Makeup Department
Samantha Bernstein .... makeup artist
Valerie Gregorio .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Doug Fox .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Canzoneri .... assistant director
Sound Department
Onnalee Blank .... sound designer
Onnalee Blank .... supervising sound editor
David M. Cowan .... dialogue editor (as David Cowan)
Kate Jesse .... boom operator
Aaron Levy .... sound re-recording mixer
Lisa Pinero .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Katie Hoy .... still photographer
Lee Lusby .... assistant camera
Lee Lusby .... still photographer
Don McKim .... best boy grip
Landon Ruddel .... key grip
Erik Tank .... grip
Jarrod Wilson .... gaffer
Casting Department
Patrice Farner .... casting: Phoenix
Lorin Semone Leifer .... casting: L.A. (as Semone Leifer)
Editorial Department
Leandro Marini .... colorist
Andrew J. Wahlquist .... assistant colorist
Transportation Department
Melissa Gregorio .... transportation
Mike Gregorio .... transportation
Other crew
Carlos Chavez .... production assistant
Elizabeth Da Silva .... script supervisor (as Elizabeth DeSilva)
Jared Kuvent .... production assistant
Ben Affleck .... special thanks
Peter Berg .... special thanks
James Fino .... special thanks
Jamie Foxx .... special thanks
Jennifer Garner .... special thanks
Beyoncé Knowles .... special thanks
Jeff Okabayashi .... special thanks (as Jeff Okobayashi)
Harold Ramis .... special thanks
Joe Russo .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Rated R for language, some sexuality and drug use
USA:89 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Continuity: When Dakota walks into class and falls asleep at her desk, she is only wearing two black and pink bracelets. In the next scene when she is being picked up from school she is suddenly also wearing a few blue bracelets.See more »
Dakota Skye:I choose to be alone. I choose to jump face first; to not just kick back and enjoy the ride. I choose neither my future nor my past, but my present, my now.See more »
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22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
The Best Film You've Never Heard Of...Yet., 8 April 2008
Author: donna-119 from United States

I was at the Phoenix Film Festival this weekend, and it was one of the strongest batch of quality films I've seen at a festival. There were none of those high- profile stinkers (like Hound Dog) that always seem to slip into these showcases. Just good cinema.

By far the Best of the Fest was a little film called DAKOTA SKYE. It's a coming of age story (strike 1) with no stars (strike 2). But the film does not deserve to go back to the lockers. This should be seen by the widest audience possible. (At the fest, I saw a similar remarkable film, the already acclaimed American Teen. This was even better.)

And while it's about a 16 year-old girl growing up in Phoenix, the film is not your typical coming of age drama...not even close. There's a (let's say) superhero element that makes the film completely unique (without relying on its gimmick like say, What Women Want.) The ingenious script by Chad Shonk (who so deserved the Award he won) merely uses his gimmick as a jumping off point, to explore issues of trust. I am not the target audience for this film, yet it spoke to me in a way I would not have expected. (It's even more exceptional that the film was written, produced and directed by men, yet is such a strong woman's picture.)

And the cast may not be stars, but they can Act, with a capital A. Eileen Boylan gets a star-making part as the emotionally conflicted Dakota. She plays well off of Ian Nelson and J.B. Ghuman as the two men in her life. Each performer brings a different energy to the film, and you can see what appeals to Dakota and draws her to both guys. (The conflict is highlighted in an amazing movie theater scene that contains some of the film's best dialogue and most subtly powerful direction.) Nelson shows the skills of a solid leading man, while Ghuman should be required casting for any filmmaker looking for an actor who can steal the movie. His mixture of jerkiness and emotional sincerity should be taught to other actors of his generation who keep messing parts like this up.

The film is really well edited. For a dialogue-heavy film, there's a lot of montages and they feel carefully planned, not scraped together out of whatever footage was lying around. (Something that you come to expect to find in a first-time Indie film.) And it's all tied up with a light and bouncy score that knows when to come in and when to let the actors do the heavy lifting.

I learned this is the feature debut of director John Humber, and I can't wait to see where he goes next. This is an assured first film (like the best parts of Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides or David Gordon Green's George Washington.) My big fear is that, with no stars to push, the film will get lost on the festival circuit and we will all lose out on one of the most exciting filmmakers I've seen in a while. I urge everybody to mark this page, google the film, do whatever you have to. If this film comes to your town, DO NOT MISS IT. If you happen to be on a festival committee, don't be so quick to give it a pass. (Like Hustle & Flow, the film gets better and better as it goes on.) You'll want to say that you played this film and supported this filmmaker. (He also gives an excellent Q&A.)

DAKOTA SKYE, the best independent film that isn't getting enough attention.

p.s. I was inspired to write this review because I worry the film won't get released in theaters or come out on DVD. And I really want to own this film on DVD. I don't want the festival to be the one and only time I get to watch it.

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