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Imagination -- Dr. Reineger, a famous neuro-psychologist, has become convinced that a twin girl named Anna has a rare form of Autism called Asperger's Syndrome, rendering her unable to cope with reality. As for her blind sister, Sarah, the doctor cannot say for sure why her imaginary visions map so close to Anna's. At home, unable to face reality, their father leaves the family. To escape the pain, the girls sink deeper and deeper into their imagination. When a major earthquake takes their mother's life, Reineger gets more involved with helping the now-orphaned twins, while struggling with his realization that the girls seem to be capable of prophetic visions. The girls escape the doctor's institution and a subsequent search finds no trace of them. Have they transcended the physical realm? A mixture of live action, stop motion animation and other techniques makes this film a fantastic journey into the realm of imagination.
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26 February 2008 (USA) See more »
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Twin girls overcome physical limitations to learn the secrets of heaven and nature. See more »
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Dr. Reineger is a child neuro-psychologist who has become confident that the twin Anna has a form of autism called Asperger's Syndrome... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Haunting and Beautiful See more (17 total) »

Cast

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Ed K. Gildersleeve ... Dr. Reineger

Nikki Haddad ... Anna Woodruff

Jessi Haddad ... Sarah Woodruff
Courtney Sanford ... Janice Woodruff
Travis Poelle ... Roland Woodruff
Anthony Caraday ... Young Doctor Reineger
Bob Gerlach ... Pastor Bob
Laura Leiser ... Receptionist
Kevin Le ... Kevin
John Le ... John
Jason Byrne ... Search party
Laina Kim ... Funeral attendee / search party
Sebastian Brown ... Search party
Burton Bush ... Funeral attendee
Melissa Haddad ... Funeral attendee
Miwa Matreyek ... Funeral attendee
Robert Berry ... Guy in bar
Lidia Meier ... Assistant to Dr. Reineger
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jordan Greenhough ... Chav / Cowboy

Directed by
Eric Leiser 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Eric Leiser 

Produced by
Robert Berry .... executive producer
Joseph Cahill .... producer
Greg Leiser .... co-executive producer
 
Original Music by
Jeffrey Leiser 
 
Cinematography by
Eric Leiser 
Nathan Meier 
 
Film Editing by
Eric Leiser 
Tyler Phillips 
 
Art Direction by
Eric Leiser 
 
Set Decoration by
Eric Leiser 
 
Makeup Department
Tasio Camoo .... makeup artist
Brian Wade .... special makeup effects supervisor
 
Production Management
Joseph Cahill .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nathan Meier .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Eric Leiser .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Rickley W. Dumm .... consultant
Joel Krantz .... consultant
Goeun Lee .... sound
Jeffrey Leiser .... sound editor
Trevor Metz .... audio consultant
John Richard Morris IV .... audio consultant
Victoria Rose Sampson .... consultant
Solange S. Schwalbe .... consultant
 
Special Effects by
Anthony Barcelo .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Anthony Barcelo .... digital compositor
Andrew Jewell .... junior compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jose Aguirre .... camera operator
Burton Bush .... assistant camera
Eric Lane .... key grip (as Eric Lane Kostüm)
 
Animation Department
Eric Leiser .... animator
 
Other crew
Jay Masonek .... production coordinator
Max Winston .... puppeteer
 
Thanks
Ezra Buzzington .... sincere thanks
Jan Svankmajer .... special thanks
 

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USA:70 min
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Quotes:
Sarah Woodruff:But the fawn makes everything so clear!
Anna Woodruff:Of course it does, but mom and dad can't see. They forgot what it means to dream. They use our disabilities as an excuse not to believe.
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References Eclectic Shorts by Eric Leiser (2004) (V)See more »

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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Haunting and Beautiful, 8 December 2007
Author: filmintuition from United States

Former Spongebob Squarepants prop animator Eric Leiser explores his passion for his baccalaureate major field of experimental animation with this three year effort co-written with his brother, the composer and poet Jeffrey Leiser. In this haunting work which should be of particular interest to students specializing in the various techniques of film animation, Eric Leiser draws upon his vast experience and melds together puppetry, stop-motion sketches, camera trickery and claymation that dazzles the senses and makes the live action sequences pale in comparison. Employing a story that trips the mind fantastic, the brothers craft a tale which centers on two medically challenged twin sisters who are brought in for neuropsychological testing by Dr. Reineger (Ed K. Gildersleeve) when young Anna Woodruff (Nikki Haddad) is viewed as a likely candidate for Asperger's Syndrome. After their mother worries about the sisters' increasingly tight bond and their tendency to disappear into the far reaches of their imaginations, Anna's twin Sarah (Jessi Haddad) is brought in for the study after she is found to be legally blind—a condition that the optometrist predicts will worsen with time. The melancholy plot is elevated by bursts of clever animations that creep around every corner along with the sweeping score by Jeffrey Leiser that is so impressive one wonders if there will be an option on the upcoming DVD to isolate the superior music and visuals since they show off the Leisers' considerable talent in their chosen areas. However, the existential questioning that permeates the fascinatingly chilly first half of the film soon evolves into a spiritual crisis for the doctor that doesn't quite synch with the beginning which had called to mind the imagination run amok and lurking foreshadowing of sadness to follow evidenced in Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures. Still, the proposal of the two twins unifying into one with a psychic connection is a creative idea sure to intrigue devotees of Philip K. Dick's phantom twin motif and surrealist film fans along with lovers of animation in every form. Imagination, which was an official selection at the Tel Aviv Film Festival, the Istanbul International Animation Festival in Turkey and played in select screenings in the states, is set to be released by Vanguard International Cinema on DVD on February 26 of next year.

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