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Writers (WGA):
Christopher Keyser (written by) and
Andrew Meieran (written by)
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Fate throws Fortune, not everyone catches.
Plot:
A high school faculty lotto pool places its fate in the lucky numbers they've played for ten years after hearing budget cuts have eliminated all their jobs. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Billy Burke ... Lloyd Howard

Danny Glover ... Ed

Parker Posey ... Shirley Paine

Rockmond Dunbar ... Shaun

Kimberly Elise ... Toni

John Carroll Lynch ... Rory

Eric Ladin ... Jessie

Michelle Forbes ... Sylvia Howard

Jordan Trovillion ... Caroline

Vernee Watson-Johnson ... May (as Vernee Johnson)

Bob Gunton ... Bert

Deborah Ann Woll ... Lilly

Blake Clark ... Hal

Stephanie Koenig ... Eileen

Bo Derek ... Destiny

Will Young ... Seamus

Tiren Jhames ... Doug Coolidge (as Tiren James)
Michael Aaron ... Kurt

Haaz Sleiman ... Ali Rasheed

Taylor Groothuis ... Jessica

Jack Aizik ... Jordan

Lex Lang ... Frick 'n Frack
Michael Maurice ... Gompers
Madge Levinson ... Merna

Peter Carey ... Councilman Brice
Lynch R. Travis ... Butcher (as Lynch Travis)
Royce Williams ... Jack
Julia Glander ... Claire

Peter Daoust ... Merv

Naturi Naughton ... Char
Rusty Mewha ... Lucky Cider Mill Clerk

Claude Rains ... Senator Paine (archive footage)
Diana Lewis ... Reporter 1
Vic Faust ... Reporter 2
Yancey Fuqua ... Convenience Store Clerk
Rhonda Freya English ... Attila the Nurse (as Rhonda English)
Alante Richmond ... Player #1
Lanier Logan ... Player #2
Rico Serbo ... Voice Coach

Danny Ray Cook ... Construction Worker (as Danny Ray Cool)
Jovan Donahue ... Worker #2
Michael Saunders ... Reporter #3
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nesti Gee ... High School Student
Arnold Agee ... College Student (uncredited)
Max Bassett ... Stateroom Security (uncredited)
Christina Benjamin ... Theatre Actor #2 (uncredited)
Courtney Benjamin ... Theatre Actor #1 (uncredited)
Richard 'Rick' Bobier ... Reporter (uncredited)
Will Clarke ... Club Waiter (uncredited)
Pamela Croydon ... Bowler, Church Parishoner (uncredited)
John Dickerson ... News 12 Photographer (uncredited)

Penny Gibbs ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Sarab Kamoo ... Harriet (uncredited)
Bill Lumbert ... Bowler (uncredited)
Michael Marx ... Reporter (uncredited)
Matt McClelland ... High School Student (uncredited)

Michael Mili ... Reporter (uncredited)

Victor Pytko ... Reporter (uncredited)
Marco Ruggeri ... Valet Driver (uncredited)

Lauren Mae Shafer ... Young Reporter (uncredited)
Morris Lee Sullivan ... Cider Mill Customer (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrew Meieran 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Christopher Keyser (written by) and
Andrew Meieran (written by)

Produced by
Shira Auerhahn .... associate producer
Craig Chapman .... producer
Anne Clements .... producer
Andrew Meieran .... producer
Linden D. Nelson .... co-executive producer
Chris Panizzon .... producer
Devon Schneider .... line producer
Anthony P. Wenson .... co-executive producer
 
Original Music by
Jane Antonia Cornish 
 
Cinematography by
Daniel Moder 
 
Film Editing by
Dan Schalk 
 
Casting by
Deborah Aquila 
Jennifer L. Smith 
Tricia Wood 
 
Production Design by
Robert Pearson 
 
Art Direction by
Timmy Hills 
Jonah Markowitz 
 
Set Decoration by
Beth DeSort 
 
Costume Design by
Deborah Everton 
 
Makeup Department
Emilie Cockels .... key hair stylist
Lauri Cuppetilli .... makeup department head
Louise Holoday .... makeup artist
Jon Lieckfelt .... additional hair stylist
Jeannette Moriarty .... assistant hair stylist
John Tarro .... hair department head
 
Production Management
Carla Bowen .... production supervisor
Samantha Housman .... post-production supervisor
Lynnette M. Myers .... production manager
Louise Runge .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christy Busby .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Curtis Akin .... property master
Jax Baker .... art department coordinator
Sean Clouser .... construction coordinator
Brian Cockerham .... leadman
Ryan D. Compton .... lead welder
Jason C. Endres .... set dresser (as Jason Endres)
Karri Farris .... set decorations buyer
Amy Graham .... assistant property master
Lora Grujic .... art department production assistant
Doug Kolbicz .... props assistant
Richard Lattuca .... set dresser
Nicholas LaVelle .... set dresser
Vikki M. Magdich .... construction assistant
Aferdita Redmond .... scenic artist
Maria Lucia Safi .... assistant to the production designer
Amy Williams .... buyer
Charlie Wroblewski .... set dresser (as Charlie Wrobleski)
 
Sound Department
David Barber .... dialogue editor
David Barber .... sound re-recording mixer
David Barber .... supervising sound editor
Richard Bullock Jr. .... boom operator
Gonzalo Espinoza .... foley artist
Will Hansen .... production sound mixer
David Holmes .... sound mixer: additional photography
David Kitchens .... sound supervisor
Michael Luce .... boom operator
Mike Pipgras .... foley editor
Mike Pipgras .... sound effects editor
Ben Zarai .... sound re-recording mixer
Ben Zarai .... supervising sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Todd Litke .... special effects foreman
Dean Tyrrell .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Chris Faczek .... visual effects artist
Matt McElroy .... visual effects coordinator
Ben Smith .... visual effects artist
Mark Velazquez .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
Ele Bardha .... stunt driver
Isaac Ellis .... utility stunts (as Isaac remy Laurent)
Peter Malota .... stunt coordinator
Danny Ray Cook .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gary Brock .... key grip
David Brush .... first assistant camera: 'c' camera
Wallace Michael Chrouch .... still photographer
Liam Dale .... camera loader
Carlos Doerr .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Stephen Early .... first assistant camera: second unit
William Eichler .... steadicam operator
Kevin Fannon .... electrician
Cale Finot .... camera operator
Eric Forand .... chief lighting technician
Erik Gonzales .... assistant chief lighting technician
Jay Hardie .... second assistant camera
Ian Henderson .... additional second assistant camera
Mark Karavite .... steadicam operator
Liam Kibbutz .... rigging chief lighting technician
Michael Kohnhorst .... director of photography: second unit
John Lennah .... electrician
Eric Pickett .... video assist operator
R. Dustin Sanchez .... set lighting technician
Creig Symons .... electrician
Jeff Urbanowicz .... electrician
Matt Wallach .... dit red camera
 
Casting Department
Terri Douglas .... adr voice casting
Patty Majorczak-Connolly .... adr voice casting
Kathy Mooney .... local casting: Detroit
Janet Pound .... local casting: Detroit
Mark Sussman .... adr voice casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gina G. Aller .... key set costumer
Fran Allgood .... costume supervisor
Melanie Hocking .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Luke Guidici .... on-line editor
Michael Lafuente .... digital intermediate technical director
Michael Mintz .... digital film colorist
Jon Pehlke .... digital intermediate editor
Rob Randall .... colorist: dailies
 
Music Department
Jonathan Martin Berry .... musician: guitar
Alex Cornish .... musician: guitar
James T. Hill .... music scoring mixer
Matthew Janszen .... conductor
Andrea von Foerster .... music supervisor
Laura Webb .... music supervisor (2011)
 
Transportation Department
Gregg A. Ayotte .... driver
James A Brandon .... driver
Collin Butrum .... picture car coordinator
Collin Butrum .... transportation coordinator
Curt A. Butrum .... driver
Cass Casucci .... driver
Lance Cherniet .... transportation coordinator (Los Angeles)
Royden C. Elliott .... driver
Kurt Knudsen .... transportation: re-shoots
Jeffrey L. Lemieux .... driver
Gary Lett .... driver
Jack Jay Reece .... transportation captain: LA
Abrams Rehaman .... driver
David Schmidt .... transportation captain
William Searles .... driver
William Searles .... driver: fueler
Stuart Shiff .... driver
Alex Strand .... production van driver
Pamela Summers .... driver
Mike Van .... driver
 
Other crew
Angela K. Barnes .... first assistant accountant
Jake Beemer .... production assistant
David H. Bollman .... technical advisor: taxidermist
Susan Boyajian .... voice actor
Erika Canchola .... production attorney
My-Ishia Cason-Brown .... stand-in
Amber Fritz .... production assistant
Ian Hartshorn .... payroll accountant
Justin Kelly .... creative consultant
Dave Krieger .... location manager
Tiffany Lanier .... production coordinator
Christine Mahaney .... head animal trainer
Shena Mullins .... production assistant
Debbie Pearl .... animal coordinator
Tara Plizga .... production secretary
Elsa Ramo .... production attorney
Bridget Reddeman .... assistant location manager
Jacquelyn Ryan .... production assistant
Christine Santiago Drake .... production assistant (as Christine Santiago)
Steven Schlick .... location assistant/scout
Elizabeth Spix .... production assistant
Carmen Tabanyi .... script supervisor: LA unit
Carolyn Tolley .... script supervisor
Brandon T. Williams .... production assistant
John C. Wise .... production assistant
Jennifer K. Zapinski .... assistant location manager
 
Thanks
Bryan Best .... the producers wish to thank
Michael Farrow .... the producers wish to thank
Betsy Strand .... the producers wish to thank
 

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Can you believe Highland Park is a real place?, 25 March 2014
Author: rooprect from New York City

The city of Highland Park, Michigan is one of those places whose Google Earth pictures are blurry because the Google van was tearing ass to get out of there in one piece.

Seriously, that's one rough looking neighborhood. Smack in the middle of Detroit, the city's appeal is not helped by the fact that the corrupt politicians in charge of the city somehow managed to make over $20 million dollars disappear in the 90s, even though the city's population is barely 100,000. None of this is specifically in the movie (at least not real names), but you can't help but wonder how much of this satirical comedy is fact.

"Highland Park" the movie is a great experience, not necessarily laugh-out-loud-funny nor edge-of-seat entertaining, but the themes and quirky characters are really fun to explore. Great acting by everyone, particularly Danny Glover who plays a cluelessly superstitious old dreamer, keeps your attention from start to finish.

I won't say much about the plot, but let me put it this way... How would you be affected if you suddenly won the lottery? Would you embrace life? Be a better person? Would you change the world in a positive way? And now let me ask you: are you already doing any of those things? If you are, that's awesome. You will enjoy this film. It's an interesting character study of how people are affected by money and how it brings out their true(?) nature.

"Highland Park" focuses on 6 downtrodden friends who, every week for 10 years, play the same numbers in the lottery hoping to win big and change their sagging lives. Much like the city of Highland Park, they each have tremendous potential, but they're just stuck in a rut.

Parker Posey plays one of her signature wacky roles as the bimbo Mayor of Highland Park, an ex-homecoming queen who's just one Gucci away from trailer park trash. She keeps cutting the budget (things like education, parks, sewer cleanup) in favor of "sexy" projects like malls and things for her rich cronies. The satire is delightful, and I imagine that the unlucky souls who have endured Highland Park's questionable government for so many years would get a kick out of seeing the absurdity of the situation so brazenly ridiculed.

But while humor figures in prominently, the core of the movie is rooted in reality, and so things aren't crazy silly like you might expect from a satire. This is mostly a quiet movie, and while there are a couple of really good zingers, it is for the most part serious. So if, like me, you're a Parker Posey fan from her hilarious Christopher Guest roles ("Best in Show", "Waiting for Guffman", "A Mighty Wind"), you might be disappointed at not finding that here. The humor here felt a little uneven at times, probably because they were balancing against a pretty serious & powerful statement. I think they found a good balance; too much comedy would've watered down the message while too much seriousness would've been plain boring.

One minor criticism I have is that a few interesting subplots weren't explored fully, and their resolution seemed a bit rushed and unsatisfying. But there's really a lot going on, and the main plot flows well and has a nice punch to it.

I can't think of too many movies like this, definitely not any blockbuster hits since this is pretty low-key and that's part of its charm. "Highland Park" is one of those films that poses a rhetorical "what if" question that makes you think hard about your own life. Other offbeat films that pose similar questions include "The Brass Teapot" about a young couple that finds a magic teapot which gives them money every time they hurt themselves, then there's "Lucky" about a serial killer who wins the lottery, and finally I'm reminded (mostly by Danny Glover's endearing character) about the movie "The Maiden Heist" about 3 lonely, middle-aged security guards at a museum who decide to each steal their favorite work of art.

All of these movies I've mentioned, as well as "Highland Park" of course, are worth checking out if you enjoy obscure, non-formulaic films. The message can be either deeply inspiring or somewhat deflating depending on how you see things. It reminds me of a scene in this movie where Danny Glover's wife says "Some people are inspired while others are revolted" and she shows him a newspaper whose headline reads "Some people inspired! Others revolted!" Haha, definitely a fun flick.

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