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Dandelion in the Pavement (2007)

Based on actual events about a six-year-old girl, who survives for ten days at the bottom of a ravine after an accident that has taken her mother's life.



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Amanda Cooley Davis ...
Ranger #2
Nathan Jongewaard ...
Ranger #1


Based on actual events, Dandelion in the Pavement is a haunting portrait of the isolation of a five-year-old girl, Reagan, who is the lone survivor of a car crash that displaces her in a ravine for ten days. At times poetic and heartbreakingly real, this film becomes an exploration of the resiliency and innocence of a child as the barrier between reality and fantasy dissolves. Reagan spends her days exploring the forest, and playing in a make-believe world where her mother is still alive. As time passes, Reagan's fantasies grow shorter, and harder to hold on to. The girl grows increasingly scared, hungry, and weak. In the end, two park rangers stumble upon the girl sleeping next to her mother, and gently lead her away from the scene. Written by Dandelion

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The spirit of a mother's love is enough to protect her child.


Short | Drama



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4 May 2007 (USA)  »

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$10,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1
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The set for the main character's fantasy house was also used as C. Thomas Howell's college apartment in Soul Man (1986). See more »

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15 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's no wonder Karen received a Hollywood Foreign Press Association Award for the film as well as got to shadow director, Rodrigo Garcia on the new HBO series "In Treatment."

Karen has just completed her MFA in Film Directing at CalArts where she has made over ten short films. Specifically, Dandelion in the Pavement was chosen as an official selection for the CalArts Showcase at REDCAT Theatre in the Walt Disney Concert Hall in May 2007.

Before attending CalArts, Karen received her BA in Theatre Directing from the University of North Texas and while in residence, Karen was named, "Theatre Arts Outstanding Undergraduate Student of the Year" and "Who's Who Among Students in America."

It looks as is this film is headed to several festivals already.

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