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Yelling to the Sky -- 17-year old Sweetness O'Hara is struggling to find her place in her rough inner city neighborhood and broken family.  She finds herself in a downward spiral before trying to turn her life around.
Yelling to the Sky -- As her family falls apart, seventeen year old Sweetness O'Hara is left to fend for herself in a neighborhood where her survival is uncertain.
Yelling to the Sky -- As her family falls apart, seventeen year old Sweetness O'Hara is left to fend for herself in a neighborhood where her survival is uncertain


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Zoë Kravitz ... Sweetness O'Hara

Sonequa Martin-Green ... Jojo Parker (as Sonequa Martin)

Jason Clarke ... Gordon O'Hara

Gabourey Sidibe ... Latonya Williams

Zabryna Guevara ... Aracely Oriol

Tim Blake Nelson ... Coleman

Maurice Compte ... Junior Oriol

Marc John Jefferies ... Lil' Man

Antonique Smith ... Ola Katherine O'Hara

Yolonda Ross ... Lorene O'Hara

Shareeka Epps ... Fatima Harris

Peter Anthony Tambakis ... Drew

Adam Tomei ... Cal

Billy Kay ... Dobbs

E.J. Bonilla ... Rob Rodriguez

Gleendilys Inoa ... Betty Oriol
Tariq Trotter ... Roland
Gio Perez ... Shorty

Deema Aitken ... Sean

Haas Manning ... Bohanen (as Hassan Manning)
Dennis Kellum Castro ... Two Dog
Sarah Shaefer ... Moira
Antoine de Pharoah ... Hi'Low

Matt Giroveanu ... Fiend (uncredited)

Jack Kesy ... (uncredited)
Tyrone Paul Jr. ... Stoner (uncredited)

Directed by
Victoria Mahoney 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Victoria Mahoney 

Produced by
Ged Dickersin .... producer
Diane Houslin .... producer
Victoria Mahoney .... producer
Billy Mulligan .... producer
John Sylva .... associate post producer
Alfonso Trinidad .... associate producer
Original Music by
David Wittman 
Cinematography by
Reed Morano (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William Henry 
Casting by
Eyde Belasco 
Production Design by
Kelly McGehee 
Art Direction by
Alicia Leatherbury-Lamberti 
Set Decoration by
Matthew W. Herschel 
Costume Design by
Nia Hooper 
Makeup Department
Cynthia Alvarez .... head hair
Emily Ansel .... additional makeup artist
Kaela Dobson .... key makeup artist
Julianne Laney .... head makeup
Hiyiyatun Muqaribu .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Billy Mulligan .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric LaFranchi .... first assistant director
Corey Roberts .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Stephen Caputo .... scenic charge
Nicole Heffron .... scenic
Matthew W. Herschel .... decorator
Travis Joseph .... art production assistant
Travis Moonschein .... carpenter
Racey North .... set dresser
Eli Pizzuto .... set dresser
Adam Sober .... property master
Maria Sylvania .... set dresser
Sound Department
Tammy Douglas .... sound mixer
Matthew Haasch .... foley editor
Mike Howells .... adr recordist
Glenfield Payne .... sound re-recording mixer
Glenfield Payne .... supervising sound editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Guillermo Pena-Tapia .... boom operator
Reilly Steele .... sound re-recording mixer
Marcin Tyszka .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Molle DeBartolo .... digital restoration artist
Chris MacKenzie .... smoke artist
Chris MacKenzie .... titles
Declan Mulvey .... assistant stunt coordinator
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Todd Banhazl .... additional first camera assistant
Justin Bennett .... electrician
Eric Branco .... best boy grip
Matthew Cryan .... best boy grip
Chris DesRochers .... grip
Casey Goldberg .... grip
Hunter Herrick .... best boy grip
Nicalena Iovino .... additional second assistant camera
Nicalena Iovino .... camera loader
Corey Jacobs .... grip
Kirsten Johnson .... still photographer
Andre Lambertson .... still photographer
Kate Larose .... first assistant camera
Frank Love .... second assistant camera
Adam Lukens .... additional key grip
Adam Morano .... swing
Reed Morano .... camera operator
Kyle Simmons .... best boy electric
Chloe Smolkin .... additional camera loader
Brandon Taylor .... key grip
Matthew Walker .... gaffer
Casey Wooden .... best boy grip
Brian Yost .... additional best boy grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mercedes Bass .... assistant costume designer
Aminah Haddad .... wardrobe supervisor
Sauda Kenon .... costumer
Caroline Ruderman .... costumer
Mercedes Leora Sargeant .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Marcus Alexander .... digital intermediate producer
Molle DeBartolo .... digital intermediate producer
Jack Lewars .... digital intermediate colorist
Tim Mullen .... digital intermediate engineer
John Potter .... video mastering
Sridhar Ranganath .... assistant editor
Jacob Robinson .... digital intermediate editor
Jonathan Sanden .... digital intermediate editor
Randy Wilkins .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jayson Jackson .... music supervisor
Zakee Kuduro .... title music
Jackie Mulhearn .... music supervisor
Nic Ratner .... music editor
Other crew
Korab Agolli .... additional production assistant
Nakeisha Carrington .... production assistant
Daniel Cast .... additional production assistant
Garrick Cisneros .... production assistant
Carlos P. de Vera .... production assistant
Hannah Depew .... additional production assistant
André Des Rochers .... production counsel
Charlie Elliott .... production secretary: pre-production
Lisa Falzarano .... key production assistant
Eric Georgeson .... additional production assistant
Whitney Haeden .... additional production assistant
Richard Hagerty .... product placement coordinator
Kevin Hindley .... script clearance
Ranise Jackson .... production coordinator
Ben Katz .... additional production assistant
Ruby Landow .... production secretary
Shane Lovero .... additional production assistant
Will Mahr .... additional production assistant
Soren Miltich .... set coordinator
Nikkia Moulterie .... additional production assistant
Karin Partin .... production assistant
Dee Poku .... film publicist
Sridhar Ranganath .... assistant location manager
Kasia Ruszkowska .... production assistant
Kaydin Sanchez .... production assistant
Timiza Sanyika .... craft service
Friday Savathphoune .... script supervisor
Gary E Schreiber .... tax accountant
Cameron Schuster .... production assistant
Daniel James Scott .... production assistant
R.Z. Thrun .... location manager
Misha Turner .... production accountant
Sabina Vajraca .... assistant to director: pre-production
Julien Bouscarel .... special thanks
Don Cheadle .... special thanks
Amy Dotson .... special thanks
John Hadity .... special thanks
Susan Jacobs .... thanks
Keanu Reeves .... special thanks
Michelle Satter .... special thanks

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94 min
Color | Color (Fujicolor)
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
I wanted to like this so much., 16 July 2013
Author: Patrick from United States

I so badly wanted to like this movie. I mean, I could look at Zoe Kravitz all day, Jason Clarke is my guy for The Chicago Code and the trailer really hooked me. But I just couldn't deal with the constant feeling that this was just a really really badly edited film. It had a lot going for it. The cast is really solid, the acting is there and it's not one of those navel-gazing angst movies. Real, big, serious things things happen that make it more than a generic, "growing up in a broken home sucks" movie.

But...I can't help but feel like it wasn't exactly put together or presented in a really effective way. Almost every single scene felt like each cut didn't match the music, cut awkwardly, lingered too long, didn't switch to a medium shot when it really needed to. The editing wouldn't match the flow of the dialogue.

But that's nitpicking. On a bigger level, It felt like things just happened. Something would happen that so easily could've been hinted at or foreshadowed ahead of time, but they just didn't. You could honestly move most of the scenes around and it'd make as much sense. But it's just aimless and random and the scenes were so isolated. It felt like the characters never referenced anything that happened before the scene they're in or was gonna happen in any scene later on. Every other scene you were left wondering, over and over again, "why?" or "that's it?" or "really?."

You couldn't follow any character all the way through and have it be a satisfying story. People disappear, reappear, show up for random scenes, mean less, mean a lot and just get underused over and over again. Every time you realize what they're trying to get across or say with a character, all you're left wondering is...well why didn't they just put a little scene of ______ that'd lead to where we're at now? They had so many powerful relationships and symbols and places and situations to do something with, but most of the time, the movie just wanted to show you them, so that you knew they were there. It's not really a narrative, it's a disjointed diorama. It's pieces of a movie. The parts don't move. They don't push the next domino forward or explain how one thing influenced the next or is connected. They're just there, because these things happened?

My favorite scenes were when she took care of her dad after he came home drunk and bloody, when her mom first came home, and when her sister came home with the baby. But it felt like all of her family was underused, thrown away at times and sloppily handled. I felt like there was SO much there, to tell a story about how people were constantly hurting her, leaving her, and coming back when life beat them back down. But it instead they each felt like 5 minute short films that were only really connected, because the same actors and sets were involved.

I think...with stronger editing, it could've come together better, but it just felt like the script or the director wasn't ready, or it needed a strong producer to ask those little questions that'd pull the film together. Instead, this is kind of a lighter, choppier Precious, that doesn't do as good a job setting up it's wants, characters, story lines, themes, or narrative. And I really wanted to like this.

I'd recommend watching Precious, Thirteen, Kidulthood, Half Nelson or Love & Basketball if you were interested in this.

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