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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 »
Twin girls overcome physical limitations to learn the secrets of heaven and nature. See more »
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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  (in credits order)

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
Ezra Buzzington .... sincere thanks
Jan Svankmajer .... special thanks

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Additional Details

USA:70 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
supernatural, 30 April 2009
Author: penwalden from United States

In "imagination", Sarah and Anna Woodruff (played by Jessi and Nikki Haddad, respectively) are twin sisters who confound everyone around them. Their father is distant and eventually leaves the family. Their mother (Courtney Sanford) is anxious and frantic for answers. And a child neurologist (Ed K. Gildersleeve) who initially diagnosed Anna with a rare form of autism isn't so sure. Sarah- who's near blind- and Anna live within their own world, a shared imagination that includes prophetic dreams and visions. They are almost the same person in a way, occasionally speaking in unison, rarely separated from one another. When tragedy strikes, the doctor is left with more questions than answers. I'll admit to being a little confused as to what the film is about. What I can clearly state is that it is a representation of the closeness some siblings- and twins in particular- share with one another (something I would imagine Eric Leiser, who directed the film and co-wrote the screenplay with his brother/composer Jeffrey, knows much about). At first I thought we might be watching an exploration into the gifted minds of the two sisters, and how their respective disabilities work to enhance such gifts, which in itself would be an interesting story. After a while, however, the film seemed to morph into a look inwards at how faith guides us into our eventual destination in life, and while that may be the best description I can give of the film, it doesn't account necessarily for the almost supernatural aspect of the film, as evident in both the storytelling method and the ambiguous ending. One of the things that struck me as particular inspired about the film was how well Leiser didn't allow the obvious budgetary limitations get in the way of telling the story as best he could (it helps that he gets an assist from his brother Jeffrey on the music, which helps propel the narrative forward, even if it's not terribly subtle). In a way, the film benefits from the limitations, using low-budget effects like high-speed photography, stop-motion animation, and photographic and sound effects to put us very much in Sarah and Anna's world. (Of particular note is how Leiser makes us feel, convincingly, that an earthquake is taking place through simple camera and sound tricks.) Many times the film reminded me of Michel Gondry's lovely "The Science of Sleep" from last year in such touches, and although it isn't on solid enough ground thematically to compare to that film in overall quality, it does make for a distinctly endearing quality that will benefit the film on multiple viewings. This is my first experience with Leiser's work- he's an established veteran of a couple of features now and many shorts in the independent film community- and was, on the whole, impressed by what I saw in "imagination" (he emailed me recently in the interest of getting a review from the site). His film- which has played at a few festivals and has video distribution lined up for a February 2008 DVD release- is a thoughtful and imaginative work, and will play well for anyone looking for something beyond the usual by-the-numbers explorations at the mysteries of life, even if I wasn't completely clear as to what the film's final point was.

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