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Mark Webber (written by)
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Release Date:
6 March 2009 (USA) See more »
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One voice will change everything.
Plot:
A drama of four interconnecting stories revolving around love, drugs and poverty in Philadelphia. | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins See more »
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(70 articles)
Interview: Mark Webber Commits 13 Sins
 (From Comingsoon.net. 17 April 2014)

Wme Signs ‘The End Of Love’ Helmer Mark Webber
 (From Deadline New York. 18 October 2013, 10:57 AM, PDT)

The Ever After moves to Us
 (From ScreenDaily. 6 June 2013, 3:58 PM, PDT)

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Quietly powerful urban drama See more (6 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Paul Dano ... Rocco

Rosario Dawson ... Babo's Mom

Naomie Harris ... Jill

Lou Taylor Pucci ... Jacob

Frances Shaw ... Michelle (as Frankie Shaw)

Tariq Trotter ... Kaleef
Francisco Burgos ... Babo
Martin Cepeda ... Demitri (as Martin Ceoeda Jr.)
Destini Edwards ... The Girl
Ross K. Kim-McManus ... Heslin

Tim Dowlin ... Chris

Rebecca Comerford ... Kelly
Nicole Mitchell ... Nicole
Rukiya Thomas ... Maria
Sam Meyerson ... Sam
Duncan Lam ... The Bully

Brian Anthony Wilson ... Demetri's Dad

Jermaine Crawford ... Tony
Ravinder Singh Reyett ... Ravi (as Ravinder Singh)

Anna Martemucci ... Sarah

Rocco Rosanio ... Will
Natasha Euler ... Beth
Jay Santiago ... Clerk (as Jose Santiago)

Zoe Lister Jones ... Jenn
Omar Evans ... Jerome

Joe Hansard ... Bloody Towel Man
Christopher Kadish ... The Dude
Noah Simmons ... Little Boy (as Noah Simons)
Billy Elmer ... Tourist Man
Drucie McDaniel ... Tourist Woman

Damali Mason ... Pharmicist
Patrick Weidig ... Ricky
Ilona Struzik ... Sonia
Cheri Honkala ... The Woman
Jacob Lavin ... Indy Rock Guy
Ben Rekhi ... The Gulab
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Andy Riddle ... Curtis

Courtney Baxter ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)

Namaiya Cunningham ... Baby on Bus (uncredited)
Ruth DeSantis ... Protester (uncredited)

Reign A'Rei Edwards ... Rally Participant (uncredited)

Evangeline ... Young Woman (uncredited)

William James Kelly ... Funeral Mourner (uncredited)

Michelle Nagy ... Cute Girl (uncredited)

Stefan Niemczyk ... Pizza Shop Waiter (uncredited)

Sara Painter ... Yoga Student (uncredited)
Shoha Parekh ... Aisha (uncredited)

Peter Patrikios ... Thug (uncredited)
Ronald Robertson ... Thrift Store Clerk (uncredited)
Eugene Smith ... Customer (uncredited)

Mark Webber ... Picket Crowd Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Webber 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mark Webber  written by

Produced by
Gary P. Adelman .... executive producer (as Gary Adelman)
Jaylaan Ahmad-Llewellyn .... executive producer (as Jaylaan Llewellyn)
Giancarlo Canavesio .... associate producer
Jennifer DeLia .... associate producer
Elizabeth Destro .... producer (as Liz Destro)
J. Andrew Greenblatt .... co-executive producer (as Andrew Greenblatt)
Jim Jarmusch .... executive producer
Nicholas Kalikow .... executive producer
Michael Maizner .... associate producer
Michael E. Morrison .... executive producer (as Michael Morrison)
Missy Moyer .... line producer
Seth Scher .... co-producer
Sol Tryon .... producer
Mark Webber .... producer
Michael Wolk .... executive producer
Fabrizio Chiesa .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Khari Mateen 
 
Cinematography by
Patrice Lucien Cochet (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jay Rabinowitz 
 
Production Design by
Michael Grasley 
 
Art Direction by
Michael Hersey 
 
Set Decoration by
Clarissa Shanahan 
 
Costume Design by
Nikia Nelson 
 
Makeup Department
Morgan Chalfant .... additional hair stylist (as Morgan Chalfont)
Morgan Chalfant .... additional makeup artist (as Morgan Chalfont)
Blair Jaffer .... key hair stylist (as Blair M. Jeffer)
Blair Jaffer .... key makeup artist (as Blair M. Jaffer)
Shannon Thompson .... assistant hair stylist
Shannon Thompson .... assistant makeup artist: France
Tamika Toliver .... additional hair stylist
Tamika Toliver .... additional makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicole Agostino .... second second assistant director
Jason Graham .... second assistant director
Daniel Long .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Melissa Batlett .... additional artwork
Emily Boerner .... set dresser
Dennis Daly .... additional artwork
Gino Fortebuono .... carpenter
Helen K. Garber .... artwork (as Helen Garber)
Bret Gonden .... carpenter
Jesse Hegney .... additional artwork
Carol Jacob .... set dresser
Clarissa Shanahan .... additional artwork
 
Sound Department
Travis Call .... audio post coordinator
Marshall Grupp .... sound designer
Amanda Jacques .... additional boom operator
Roberto Lange .... foley engineer
Evan Mangiamele .... additional sound design
Cory Melious .... dialogue editor
Cory Melious .... sound re-recording mixer
Phil Rosati .... boom operator (as Philip Rosati)
Bob Schachner .... additional adr engineer
Jason Trammell .... foley artist
Tony Volante .... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Yi Zhang .... sound mixer
Steve Giammaria .... m&e mixer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Mark O. Forker .... digital imaging supervisor: DIVE (as Marko Forker)
Ryan Leonard .... visual effects artist: DIVE
Mike Mullen .... opening titles: DIVE
Robert Pyle .... engineering: DIVE
Chris Rauch .... dustbust and grain reduction: DIVE
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Shawn Allen .... additional grip
Abraham Altbuch .... electrician
Joe Belschner .... gaffer
David Briggs .... additional grip
Zachary Brown .... additional grip
Katherine M. Butler .... first assistant camera (as Kate Butler)
Steve Camerson .... additional best boy grip
Sung Rae Cho .... additional second assistant camera
Jason Contino .... electrician
Anthony DeFrancesco .... second assistant camera
David Dutkus .... best boy electric
Chris Evans .... additional electrician
Ray Flynn .... cinematographer: second unit
Ray Flynn .... lighting designer
Ray Flynn .... still photographer
Kevin Gallagher .... company grip
Ben Goldstein .... additional camera loader
Jim Gourley .... camera assistant (as James P. Gourley)
King J. Greenspon .... additional grip
Nicola Guarneri .... best boy electric
Matt Hingstman .... electrician
Matt Imbrogno .... additional electrician
Benjamin Kitchens .... company grip (as Ben Kitchens)
April Lanci-Leseur .... additional first assistant camera (as April Lanci)
Deborah Lipman .... additional first assistant camera
Aaron Randall .... key grip
Nicholas Reader .... best boy grip (as Nic Reader)
Benjamin Semanoff .... camera operator (as Ben Semanoff)
Andrew Wheeler .... additional grip
Lukas Wolf .... loader
Greg Yurkovich .... electrician
Daniel Zimmer .... additional electrician
Brian Harnick .... additional grip (uncredited)
Benjamin Semanoff .... steadicam operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Mike Lemon .... casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Melissa Black .... costume support
Jaime Dollhopf .... wardrobe supervisor (as Jamie Cockerham)
Stephanie Farah .... assistant costume designer
Karen Gorga .... costume support
Tamika Jackson .... additional wardrobe costumer
Alisha Rocchino .... additional wardrobe costumer
Ashley Shartle .... wardrobe supervisor
Kathleen Toth .... costume support
Susan Veach .... costume support
 
Editorial Department
Janet Falcon .... digital color timer
Mark Farkas .... senior conforming editor
Rob Giglio .... negative scanning
Robert Lovejoy .... dailies telecine
Laura Papanicholas .... post-production coordinator
Alyson Peters .... post-production coordinator
Mike Selemon .... assistant editor
Mike Selemon .... post-production coordinator
John-Michael Trojan .... digital intermediate production manager
Michael Wardner .... conforming editor
Andy Williams .... digital intermediate supervisor
 
Music Department
Joe Baldacci .... musician
Dominic Michael Gazzola Angelela .... musician
Radji Mateen Sr. .... musician
Khari Mateen .... musician
Brian Sapp .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
James Lowry .... driver
Joe Santerelli .... vehicle build-out
Timothy Soltys .... driver (as Tim Soltys)
Mark Volpe .... driver
 
Other crew
Justin Albright .... additional production assistant
Michèle Boissière Armstrong .... production coordinator (as Michele Boissiere)
Shaun Bonnett .... epk
Kirsten Boule .... additional production assistant
Tim Bradley .... key set production assistant
Cintron .... security director
Joshua Cohen .... additional production assistant
Kate Collins .... assistant production coordinator
Anthony Dalseth .... epk
Nick Darby .... additional production assistant
Cait Davis .... epk (as Caitlin Davis)
Ruth Desantos .... assistant to director
Michael Destro .... financial manager (as Mike Destro)
Sean Donnelly .... location assistant
Todd DosSantos .... production assistant
Edward J. Eberwine III .... additional location manager (as Edward Eberwine)
Chris Gormley .... production assistant (as Christopher Gormley)
Conor Hafner .... office production assistant
John Loren Jensen .... location assistant
Brian Johnson .... additional production assistant
Holland Kemp .... additional production assistant
Bobby Kennedy .... production assistant
Elizabeth Kitchens .... production secretary (as Elizabeth Murtha)
Jorge Louie .... security director
Michael McCarthy .... additional production assistant
Jim McNutt .... additional production assistant
Paul Moore .... office production assistant
Jan Morris .... travel agent
Jay Palazzo .... film runner
Jason Pinardo .... location manager
David Polgar .... craft service
Diane Richey .... assistant: Nicholas Kalikow
Shaun Rogers .... assistant location manager
Charles S. Rowe .... script supervisor (as Charlie Rowe)
Marlena Schaefer .... production assistant
Peter Schafer .... epk
Blue Simmons .... craft service
Kate Stewart .... additional production assistant (as Kathryn Stewart)
Shannon Stewart .... caterer
Sean M. Sullivan .... key set production assistant (as Sean Sullivan)
Taegh Sullivan .... additional production assistant
Galen Tyler .... security director
Darby Venema .... location assistant
Carly Wilmont .... catering assistant
Matt Wolford .... duplication
Andrew Young .... duplication
Mickey Cottrell .... publicist (uncredited)
Katherine Gourley .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Joe Lipari .... production staff (uncredited)
Marc Porterfield .... production consultant (uncredited)
Michael J. Weldon .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Woody Allen .... special thanks
Steve Buscemi .... special thanks
Morgan J. Freeman .... special thanks
Ethan Hawke .... special thanks
Jim Jarmusch .... special thanks
Moisés Kaufman .... special thanks
John Michael Kent .... thanks (as John Kent)
William H. Macy .... special thanks
Al Pacino .... special thanks
Sharon Pinkenson .... thanks
Todd Solondz .... special thanks
Thomas Vinterberg .... special thanks
Lars von Trier .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language and some drug use
Runtime:
USA:87 min
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6 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Quietly powerful urban drama, 8 August 2009
Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States

Crumbling, hollowed-out buildings, trash-strewn alleyways and weed-infested empty lots provide the backdrop for "Explicit Ills," a low-keyed, understated account of a group of largely unrelated people struggling to make a go of things amidst poverty and urban decay in Philadelphia. Yet, despite the grimness of the setting, the movie offers a basis for renewal and hope through a cast of characters who don't exactly fit into the stereotypical slum-drama mold - and in the film's commitment to social justice through unity and action.

In terms of form, Mark Webber's film is more a series of vignettes than a conventionally structured narrative, an approach that actually works quite well given the slightly amateurish, rough-around-the-edges nature of the piece. Yet, despite limited financial resources, Webber has fashioned a stylish, sometimes even quite visionary work that clearly cares about its characters and the community to which they belong.

Those characters include a young couple caught up in the web of drug addiction; an aspiring actor who's struggling with depression; a seven-year-old chess player who gets picked on at school; a sweet-natured teenager who's trying hard to impress his girl; a pot-smoking mother who's having to counsel her son to stay away from the drug till he's older; and another mother (played by Rosario Dawson) who's desperate to get some much-needed medicine for her asthmatic child. The characters have little in common with one another except that they happen to live in the same geographical locale and they're all trying to do the best they can with what fate and, in some cases, their own choices and actions have led them to. The movie ends on a powerful note of optimism and reconciliation after a heartbreaking and gut-wrenching event befalls two of the main characters.

When all is said and done, Webber's first directorial effort is more a work of "promise" than a fully realized work of art in its own right. But if your taste runs more towards the experimental and the "hip" and less towards the stale conventions of commercial movie-making, then "Explicit Ills" might well be the movie for you.

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