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Janie Jones -- A Tribeca Film. Ethan (Alessandro Nivola), a musician content with his rock-n-roll lifestyle, has his life turned upside down with the arrival of a 13 year-old daughter he never knew he had.  Left to raise Janie Jones (Abigail Breslin), Ethan and Janie embark on a road trip of music and father-daughter bonding.
Janie Jones -- A young girl who has been abandoned by her former-groupie mother informs a fading rock star that she is his daughter.


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David M. Rosenthal (written by)
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Two strangers. One family.
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Abigail Breslin ... Janie Jones

Alessandro Nivola ... Ethan Brand

Elisabeth Shue ... Mary Ann Jones

Brittany Snow ... Iris

Peter Stormare ... Sloan

Joel David Moore ... Dave (as Joel Moore)

Frances Fisher ... Lily Brand

Frank Whaley ... Chuck

Rodney Eastman ... Billy

David Lee Smith ... Officer Dickerson

Michael Panes ... Ulysses
Robert Goodwin ... Smoking Door Man
Guy Van Swearingen ... Gil

Adam Shalzi ... Creepy Goth Kid

Katie Rich ... Brassy Girl (as Katie Riccio)

Richard Cotovsky ... Club Manager

Douglas Tyler ... Good Ole Boy #1

Ed Flynn ... Good Ole Boy #2

Vincent Teninty ... Farm Boy

William Smillie ... Obnoxious Fan (as William S. Smillie)

Jessica Joy ... Girl #1

Kara Zediker ... Girl #2

Kris Wolff ... Jail Guard

John Turk ... Mullet Guy

Gene L. Hamilton ... Butler

Sam Thakur ... Stan

Julia Valentine Larson ... Fan (as Julia Larson)

Hillary Watkins ... Waitress
Jonathan Altman ... Hooting Fan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Baker ... Concert Patron (uncredited)

Holly Martin Baker ... Concert Patron (uncredited)
Samy Camara ... Groupie (uncredited)
Joseph Canales ... Punk Rocker #1 (uncredited)
Andrea Cunningham ... Groupie (uncredited)
Kate Fitzgerald ... Hotel Patron (uncredited)

Vanessa Giselle ... Girl In Audience (uncredited)
Stephen Janousek ... Punk Rocker #2 (uncredited)
Derek F. Mahr ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Paul Perry ... Background (uncredited)

Joseph Scott ... Punk Concert Fan (uncredited)

Aleksey Solodov ... Guy at the airport (uncredited)

James Stordahl ... BG (uncredited)
Joel Thingvall ... Promoter (uncredited)
Nick Toussaint ... KU Student (uncredited)

Directed by
David M. Rosenthal 
Writing credits
David M. Rosenthal (written by)

Produced by
Eric Bassett .... producer
Ann Dubinet .... co-producer
Aaron L. Gilbert .... executive producer
C. Steve Goldstein .... co-executive producer (as C. Steven Goldstein)
Ed Gundlach .... co-executive producer
Nick Guzzone .... executive producer
Keith Kjarval .... producer
Matt Luber .... executive producer
Ken Meyer .... executive producer
Julius Morck .... co-executive producer
Stian Morck .... co-executive producer
Lee Nelson .... executive producer
Kurt Rauer .... associate producer
Steven Ritchie .... line producer
Peter Roach .... executive producer
David M. Rosenthal .... executive producer
Ali Rounaghi .... co-executive producer
Ben Ruffman .... co-executive producer
Michael Schroeder .... associate producer
Jay Sedrish .... line producer
Rick Spalla .... co-producer
Keith Watkins .... executive producer
Original Music by
Eef Barzelay (score composed by)
Cinematography by
Anastas N. Michos (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Alan Heim 
Casting by
Shannon Makhanian 
Mickie Paskal 
Jennifer Rudnicke 
Production Design by
Stephen Altman 
Set Decoration by
Kat Wilson 
Costume Design by
Vanessa King 
Makeup Department
AnnaLisa Berglund .... assistant hair stylist
Latrice Edwards .... key makeup artist
Mary Kate Gales .... hair department head
Aimee Lippert-Bastian .... makeup department head
Production Management
Kevin Carraway .... production manager
Allan Hagan .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
W. Alex Korp .... first assistant director
Joe McDougall .... assistant director
Joe Moore .... second assistant director
Art Department
Jonathan Altman .... leadman
Brett Andrews .... property master
Daniella Greenberg .... art department coordinator
Caitlin B. Hall .... assistant property master
Ben Lowney .... property master
Andrea Metzler .... set dresser
Sound Department
Jeremy Brill .... boom operator
John Guentner .... foley mixer
Marti D. Humphrey .... sound re-recording mixer
David Kirschner .... sound mixer
Jon Locker .... extra sound
Perry Robertson .... supervising sound editor
Scott Sanders .... sound re-recording mixer
Scott Sanders .... supervising sound editor
Kevin Zimmerman .... first assistant sound editor
Visual Effects by
Steven E. Jones Jr. .... credits designer
Tim Montijo .... senior digital effects artist
Jeremy Fitzgerald .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Darit Phoung Brown .... grip
Alex Bushe .... digital media technician
Justin McAleece .... first assistant camera
Casey McClurken .... best boy electric
Mike Pisani .... grip
Kevin Pittman .... dolly grip
Spencer M. Rohan .... key grip
Anthony Schrader .... electrician
Addae Shelby .... best boy grip
Andrew Shoemaker .... electrician
Andrew Shoemaker .... grip
Justin Thaler .... camera car operator
Christopher Vinopal .... gaffer (as Chris Vinopal)
Dean Williams .... still photographer
Dean Williams .... still photographer
David Williamson .... key grip: Chicago
Casting Department
Josh Breit .... casting associate
Bill Marinella .... extras casting
Robert James Monk .... extras casting assistant
Melissa Pryor .... casting associate
Jamie Stires .... casting associate
Kelli Jo Sweeney .... extras casting coordinator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alyssa Shipley .... key costumer
Amanda Vinopal .... costume supervisor (as Amanda Scholl)
Editorial Department
Alex Bushe .... second assistant editor
Danny Rafic .... first assistant editor
Tim Stipan .... digital intermediate colorist
Kevin Vale .... digital intermediate producer
Michael P. Whipple .... digital intermediate engineer
Robert Grigsby Wilson .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
Gemma Hayes .... original songs
Rachel Komar .... additional music supervision
Chris Seefried .... music sound engineer
Other crew
Darit Phoung Brown .... production intern
Joseph Canales .... stand-in: Creepy Goth Kid
Joe Cappelletti .... adr voice director
Sandra Christian .... production liason
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Tecia Esposito .... script supervisor
Pamela Garrett .... key production accountant
Stephanie Gonzalez .... production assistant
Allan Hagan .... production coordinator
Vanessa Hansen .... production assistant
Asa Hope .... stand-in: Abigail Breslin
Nicholas Jamison .... location manager
Mela Lee .... adr voice artist
Vinh Lu .... location manager: Chicago
Darcy Lueking .... base camp production assistant
Sean Lynn .... chef
Ken Meyer .... legal services
Ann Marie Moreno .... production assistant
William Santor .... financing
Gary Michael Schultz .... production staff
Stephanie Sessions .... production assistant
Jeremy Ray Smolik .... stand-in: Males (as Jeremy Ray)

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The film's dedication is "For Julia", who is director's David M. Rosenthal real daughter and his assistant director for this film. They first met when he was 30 and she was 11.See more »
[first lines]
Sloan:We're almost there, guys, I think. Just talked to the venue. They say, it's totally sold out. Almost.
Chuck:Any more Hot Pockets left?
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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
A subtle father-daughter story told with quiet undertones, 1 April 2012
Author: napierslogs from Ontario, Canada

Janie Jones (Abigail Breslin), a 13 year-old girl is with her mother and they are off to meet her father. Except her mother (Elisabeth Shue) is a whore-like drug- addicted loser who's abandoning her daughter. And her father (Alessandro Nivola) is a fading rock-and-roll star who has no idea he has a daughter, let alone any intention of being a father to one. "Janie Jones" the film and each of the characters pick all the right notes.

It's a fairly subtle drama about a young girl who doesn't want to be left on her own but knows how to take care of herself; and a father who doesn't seem to have the first clue about how to take care of himself, but with the arrival of Janie, he might try for her sake. Similar movies have been done before, but this one is a bit more subtle in their actions even if the plot points are the same. I whole-heartedly enjoyed each of the choices they made to the move the film along.

Ethan, the father, is a rock singer desperate to cling on to the notoriety that comes with being a band leader. As you can guess, his career isn't going so well. One of the excellent elements of the film was choosing softer, folk songs when he's actually playing music for us, or for his daughter. And, even better, it really is Nivola playing the guitar. A talented musician, he was in bands throughout high school and university.

More excellent choices were made in the casting and characterizations. Brittany Snow has managed to stay just in the shadows of the Hollywood spotlight her whole career despite her cute, blonde looks. I'm assuming that has something do with the fact that even though she is a cute blonde, either her characters have had a dark side or the films have had a dark side. I've always admired that about her. This marks the first time she's not playing a teenager. And her character, named Iris, who appears to be a whore-like drug-addicted loser on the arm of Ethan, isn't exactly as she appears to be. Frank Whaley, playing Ethan's band-mate, steals the few scenes he's in by adding some touching comedy to the drama.

Nivola and Breslin are the stars and despite their age and background differences, they never went over-the-top around each other. They both played their characters with the subtlety required. The scenes of just the two of them were cute but never showy; they held our hearts the whole way. I've always loved Nivola and have appreciated everything he has done. Breslin has made the right choice by returning to her indie roots, showing how she has matured and keeping the comedy in check.

"Janie Jones" has flown under the radar, I'm assuming because it has chosen quieter tones, but they are the right ones.

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