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Magic Valley -- From acclaimed producer Heather Rae (Frozen River) comes this beautiful and elegant exploration into who we are in the moment after this one. Shot with immense beauty and elegance, Tribeca Film Festival alum Magic Valley takes a deep and reflective look at life unfolding before our eyes.


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One day. Several lives. One secret.
In a small Idaho town, two young boys find a dead body of a young woman. They decide it's only a proper thing to bury it. Meanwhile, her family and the local sheriff show an eery lack of interest in her disappearance. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Scott Glenn ... Ed Halfner

Kyle Gallner ... TJ Waggs

Alison Elliott ... Martha Garabrant

Brad William Henke ... Jerry Garabrant

Johnny Lewis ... John

Will Estes ... Jimmy Duvante
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Landon Abercrombie ... Jason
Jake Scott Bailey ... Terry
Sally Baker ... Old Woman
Judith Balis ... Alison

Daniel Frandson ... Chad
Nick Garcia ... Vet

Matthew Gray Gubler ... Mok
Shaun Heil ... Officer
Sterling Hoch ... Todd
Joel Kliebe ... Officer Bentley
Rachel LeMar ... Kelly
Shane Mesch ... Boy #1
Jenn K. Mosby ... Danika
Connor Scott Schow ... Boy # 2
Jess Spindler ... Deli Worker

David H. Stevens ... Dave (as David Stevens)
Travis Swartz ... Tom Owens
Aley Underwood ... Carry
Hollis Welsh ... Helen
Catherine M. Amend ... Cashier (uncredited)

Directed by
Jaffe Zinn 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jaffe Zinn  screenplay

Produced by
Erix Arocha .... executive producer
Paull Cho .... executive producer
A.J. Eaton .... co-executive producer
James Elam .... associate producer
Nina Foxx .... executive producer
Russell Friedenberg .... executive producer
Darren Grant .... executive producer
W. Mike Holmes .... co-producer
David Kupferberg .... executive producer
Philip Larmon .... executive producer
Laura Mehlhaff .... co-producer
Jeff Pies .... executive producer
Heather Rae .... producer
Jake Schreier .... associate producer
Karen Toronjo .... line producer
Jon Watts .... associate producer
Paul L. Woodring Jr. .... executive producer
Original Music by
Steve Damstra II 
Mads Heldtberg 
Cinematography by
Sean Kirby 
Film Editing by
Andrew Dickler 
Jaffe Zinn 
Casting by
Sunday Boling 
Meg Morman 
Production Design by
Elizabeth J. Jones  (as Elizabeth Jones)
Art Direction by
Brian Goodwin 
Costume Design by
Leah Butler 
Makeup Department
Christl Colven .... assistant makeup and hair stylist
Liz Lash .... makeup department head
Production Management
Jaki Covington .... unit production manager
Melanie Kirk .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt Henderson .... first assistant director
Jason Rodgers .... second assistant director
Bryan Stanis .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Michaela McKee .... art coordinator
Nancy Spittle .... set dresser
Grace Yun .... property master
Sound Department
Peter Albrechtsen .... sound designer
Isaac Drouin .... sound intern
Steve Giammaria .... assistant re-recording mixer
Morten Green .... dialogue editor
Lars Halvorsen .... foley editor
Martin Langenbach .... foley artist
Nicolai Linck .... sound effects editor
Cory Melious .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim Nielsen .... sound effects recordist
Rune Palving .... sound effects editor
Jonathon 'Earl' Stein .... sound mixer
Tony Volante .... sound re-recording mixer
Christoph Wieczorek .... foley mixer
Special Effects by
Kevin Carter .... special effects contact lenses
Visual Effects by
Adam C. Sager .... digital compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Dan Allers .... best boy grip
Philip A. Anderson .... director of photography: additional photography (as Philip Allister Anderson)
Philip A. Anderson .... first assistant camera (as Philip Allister Anderson)
Lincoln Lewis .... gaffer
Tyler Neisinger .... electrician
Sean Rawls .... digital imaging technician
Michael Sullivan .... electrician
Jerry Turner .... second assistant camera
Vince Warburton .... additional second assistant camera
T.J. Williams Jr. .... steadicam operator
Casting Department
Sarah Domeier .... casting assistant
Meghan Underwood .... extras casting (as Megan Underwood)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Haruka Hashimoto .... costumer
Tania Pacheco .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Milan Boncich .... colorist
T.J. Seiler .... digital intermediate conform editor
Benjamin Moses Smith .... digital intermediate producer
Other crew
Catherine M. Amend .... production office assistant
Sue Chelstrom .... production accountant
Sarah Cooper .... production assistant
Heath Kemper .... intern
Robin Meier .... craft service
Jennifer Mullins .... script supervisor
Nicholas Taylor .... production coordinator
Meghan Underwood .... key production assistant (as Megan Underwood)

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Perhaps profound, but definitely not interesting, 31 October 2013
Author: Bene Cumb from Estonia

If in every small "ordinary" populated place, where nothing virtually happens, a dead body is found, then it is a trigger, then it all starts to swarm, and successive occasions and people's reactions are usually interesting to follow. But in Magic Valley, corpse forms only a parallel/collateral event, much focus is placed on damaged pond and dull communication among the youth. All this is extremely protracted, there are long camera shots of nature, people talk petty stuff and the ending is dull, making just shrug your shoulders... As for the cast, apart from Scott Glenn, there is no one really memorable.

Narration has its place under the sun, but not on the screen in such a manner. Luckily, the movie is around 1 hour 20 minutes only, but all this could be more suitable for radio show or alternative stage play. However, if you worship Terence Malick, you might like Jaffie Zinn as well.

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