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Explicit Ills -- In the streets of North Philadelphia, the lives of strangers intersect in a bold and moving semi-autobiographical tale that crosscuts between the many people who struggle in the face of poverty, drugs and the human connection.
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Explicit Ills -- Trailer for "EXPLICIT ILLS", written and directed by Mark Webber.


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A drama of four interconnecting stories revolving around love, drugs and poverty in Philadelphia. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Paul Dano ... Rocco

Rosario Dawson ... Babo's Mom

Naomie Harris ... Jill

Lou Taylor Pucci ... Jacob

Frankie Shaw ... Michelle
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 (as Zoe Lister Jones)
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 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 Bartlett .... additional artwork (as Melissa Batlett)
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 Cameron .... 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)
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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  • DIVE (visual effects)
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Rated R for language and some drug use
USA:87 min
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27 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
A masterpiece which has the power to change society, 19 March 2008
Author: larry-411 from United States

I attended the World Premiere of "Explicit Ills" at the 2008 SXSW Film Festival. This film is the stunning directorial debut of Mark Webber and was shot in his hometown of Philadelphia. It boasts an incredible ensemble cast including Paul Dano ("L.I.E.," "Little Miss Sunshine," "There Will Be Blood") and Lou Taylor Pucci ("Thumbsucker," "Chumscrubber").

Although Webber has had great success as an actor ("Snow Day," "Dear Wendy," "The Hottest State") he produced, wrote, and directed this project because it was a story which he was compelled to tell. He did it from the heart, and it shows. "Explicit Ills" is simply a masterpiece.

The film weaves in and out of the lives of "ordinary" Philadelphians -- kids, couples, and families of all races and classes. From the opening shots of tidy middle class rowhomes transitioning to once-neat houses now fallen into disrepair Webber already appears to be making a bold statement about how our society treats its citizens and how their lives are affected by the state of our economy and attitudes.

Separate story lines essentially proceed independently. Given the latest fare out of Hollywood, where one anticipates a "Crash"-like blending of the characters' lives, we wait for these characters to cross paths. But Webber holds back. For how long will it be left to the viewer to discern how they (and we) are connected? The message is not force-fed. Will there be great reveals? There is a message, to be sure, but it's not heavy-handed and only comes about with a bit of thought and an open mind. Such care and trust in the audience's own intelligence shows a true sensibility rarely seen in any filmmaker, let alone one this young.

It's always hard to single out individual performances in an ensemble cast. Lou Taylor Pucci's films have held prominent places in the world of independent film, largely on the basis of his intense believability. Paul Dano, who has worked with Mark Webber before ("Weapons"), has recently achieved worldwide fame, garnering a slew of awards and critical acclaim for his performances in "Little Miss Sunshine" and "There Will Be Blood." Other standouts include Rosario Dawson ("Alexander," "Sin City," "Rent") whose performance, along with Francisco Burgos as her young son Babo, stays with you long after the end credits. Naomie Harris, Tariq Trotter, Martin Cepeda Jr., Rebecca Comerford, and Destini Edwards also stand out. Even Webber and his mother Cheri Honkala, a well-known civil rights activist in Philadelphia, make cameo appearances.

One of the great strengths of "Explicit Ills" is in its visual style (and there are many). Each storyline has its own. Lighting and cinematography each takes on a different tone for each one. For example, hand-held camera predominates in the story of Jacob and Michelle (Lou Taylor Pucci and Frankie Shaw), who spend their days in bed and on drugs. The look emphasizes their frenetic lifestyle. Similarly, another set of characters are showcased with the use of steadicam and long tracking shots. Another features long takes and the use of stationary camera. Each has its own unique color processing -- intense, bright, subdued, or washed out. The soundtrack has special significance to each storyline as well.

I sat with stunned silence as the film ended, both in wonderment at what Webber has been able to achieve as well as in deep thought about what my own role has been in the betterment of society. "Explicit Ills" will definitely make you think. Whether or not it will lead you to act on your thoughts is up to you.

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