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Natural Selection -- A devout Christian housewife who is unable to bear children discovers that her  husband has made donations at the same sperm bank for 25 years. After he suffers a stroke, she leaves her sheltered world to find his eldest biological son: an ex-con with whom she develops an odd but meaningful relationship.


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16 March 2012 (USA) See more »
Linda White Has Found Her Son. God Help Her.
Having discovered that her dying husband has an illegitimate child living in Florida, a devout Christian housewife leaves her sheltered world on a mission to reunite father and son. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Matt O'Leary ... Raymond

Rachael Harris ... Linda

John Diehl ... Abe

Gayland Williams ... Sheila

Jon Gries ... Peter
Stephanie King ... Shaunice

Berna Roberts ... Porno Nun
Drake Dempsey ... Porno Priest

Michael Hyland ... Handsome Doctor
Greg Grosh ... Sperm Clinic Doctor (as Gregory Grosh)

Rob Huebel ... Martin

Sam Eidson ... Homeless Guy #1
Salvador Cabral ... Homeless Guy #2
Lauren Nailen ... Wigwam Clerk
Roger Hewitt ... Old Motel Clerk

Hallie Martin ... White Trash Fox
Rick Appleton ... Bartender

Melinda DeKay ... Stern Nurse
Mark Winslett ... Bus Employee
Soleya Rea ... Teen Raymond
Connie Hughes ... Old Waitress
Kamlesh Patel ... Indian Motel Clerk
Loomis Warren ... Country Doctor
Joe Miller ... Police Officer #1
Skeeter Sewart ... Police Officer #2
Adrian Rocha ... Busboy
Linda White ... Distracted Parishioner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Bustamante ... Biker

Billy Blair ... Biker (uncredited)
Michael Moffatt ... Church Patron (uncredited)

Vanessa Vander Pluym ... Bitchy Waitress (uncredited)

Directed by
Robbie Pickering 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robbie Pickering  written by

Produced by
Sunday Boling .... co-producer
Nicole Ettinger .... co-producer
Nicole Ettinger .... line producer
Brion Hambel .... producer
Paul Jensen .... producer
Charlie Mason .... executive producer
Justin Moore-Lewy .... executive producer
Meg Morman .... co-producer
Jake Schreier .... associate producer
Sheila Tamble .... associate producer
Jon Watts .... associate producer
Original Music by
Fil Eisler  (as iZLER)
Curt Schneider 
Cinematography by
Steven Capitano Calitri (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michelle Tesoro 
Casting by
Sunday Boling 
Meg Morman 
Production Design by
Michael Bricker 
Art Direction by
Katherine Morter  (as Kate Morter)
Costume Design by
Jennifer L. Beck  (as Jennifer Beck)
Colin Wilkes 
Makeup Department
Erin Klarer .... assistant hair stylist
Erin Klarer .... assistant makeup artist
Emily Mefford .... hair stylist: additional photography
Emily Mefford .... makeup artist: additional photography
Wendy Sanders .... key hair stylist
Wendy Sanders .... key makeup artist
Melanie Steele .... assistant hair stylist
Wendy Sanders .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Joe Fineman .... post-production supervisor: Executive Post Consulting
Michael Toki .... post-production supervisor: Executive Post Consulting
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher Dufau .... second second assistant director (as Chris Dufau)
Mark Spencer .... second assistant director
Aaron Walters .... first assistant director
Aaron Stewart .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Kevin Blosser .... property master
Adrian Calleros .... artist: 'Slaughter Patrol' tattoo artwork
David Yépez Conley .... prop fabricator (as David Conley)
David Yépez Conley .... set dresser (as David Conley)
Brittany Fletcher .... on-set dresser
John Blood .... storyboard artist
Meredith Johnson .... art department intern
Anthony Lavadera .... art department intern
Jake Montgomery .... set construction
David Pickering .... art department intern
Kelly Wasserman .... art director: additional photography
Benjamin Woodlock .... additional graphic designer
Brian Joseph Potter .... art intern (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kyle Billingsley .... foley mixer
Erik Clabeaux .... sound mixer: additional photography
Rachel Corrales .... sound effects editor
Vicki Lemar .... adr mixer
Vicki Lemar .... dialogue editor
Vicki Lemar .... sound re-recording mixer
Vicki Lemar .... sound supervisor
Sean McCormick .... additional adr mixer
Sean McCormick .... sound mixer
Cynthia Merrill .... foley artist
Nick Neutra .... foley supervisor: Universal Sound
Alex van Haaff .... sound effects editor
Patrick Wylie .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
William Adashek .... visual effects executive producer: Prehistoric Digital
Kevin Cannon .... visual effects artist: Prehistoric Digital
Nathan Matsuda .... visual effects artist: Prehistoric Digital
Aaron Chandler .... stunt double: Mr. O'Leary
Justin Henry .... stunt double: Mr.O'Leary (as Justin G. Henry)
Van Vander Pluym .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Steven Capitano Calitri .... camera operator
Alex Cohen .... gaffer: additional photography
Kristin Cole .... second assistant camera
Stephen DeMent .... still photographer (as Steve DeMent)
Will Emery .... first assistant camera: additional photography
Barrett Farmer .... swing: grip & electric
James Griffith .... still photographer
Matt Gulley .... additional photographer: additional photography
Lindsay Kent .... additional second assistant camera
Nina Kuhn .... director of photography: second unit
Josef Kutilek .... swing: grip & electric
Michael Mortell .... gaffer
Nick Scimeca .... best boy: grip & electric
Joe Shamel .... first assistant camera
John Shim .... key grip
Dan Siegelstein .... additional grip
Tanner Stauss .... digital imaging technician: additional photography
David Thomas .... gaffer: additional photography
Robyn Von Swank .... additional still photographer
Justin Paul Warren .... digital imaging technician (as Justin Warren)
Casting Department
Sarah Domeier .... casting assistant
Ashley Hallford .... extras casting
Karen Hallford .... location casting director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elizabeth Beilharz .... set costumer
Elise Garza .... wardrobe supervisor
Quenby Iandiorio .... additional wardrobe supervision
Editorial Department
William Adashek .... digital intermediate executive producer
Devlin Borra .... post-production intern
Kevin Cannon .... colorist
Lisa De Moraes .... additional editor
Gavin Horner .... post-production intern
Wilson Knorr .... post-production intern
Jeremiah O'Driscoll .... editorial consultant
Robbie Pickering .... additional editor
Lissette Rodriguez .... first assistant editor
Eric Stone .... post-production intern
Derrick Timberlake .... post-production intern
Danielle Wang .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Fil Eisler .... conductor (as iZLER)
Fil Eisler .... orchestrator (as iZLER)
Nate Finan .... assistant to composers
Justin Gage .... music supervisor
Luis Galdames .... music editor
Magda Giannikou .... composer: additional music
Joe Rudge .... additional music consultant
Curt Schneider .... score mixer
Transportation Department
Rick Appleton .... driver
Bob Clinkingbeard .... driver
Jonah Crowley .... transportation coordinator
Skeeter Sewart .... driver
Robert Tamble .... driver
Other crew
Mary Ayler .... craft service
Patric Ayler .... assistant craft service
Aaron Benmark .... set production intern
Matthew Bloomgarden .... production and legal affairs
Gregory Brown .... set production intern
Michael Chartier .... epk
Jonah Crowley .... set production intern
John Garza .... epk
Levin Ginsburg .... production and legal affairs
Gabby Guardiola .... office production intern
Mimi Haviland .... accounting assistant
Kevin Hindley .... script clearance researcher: IndieClear
Hal Kessler .... production and legal affairs (as Hal 'Corky' Kessler)
Wilson Knorr .... main & end titles designer
Sherry Lassiter .... set medic (as Cheryl Lassiter)
Chad Owen .... epk
Charlie Parrish .... safety advisor
Joan Scheckel .... workshop development
Skeeter Sewart .... assistant location manager
John Smart .... clearances
Nancy Smith .... script supervisor
Danny Soliz .... key set intern
Sheila Tamble .... location manager
William Degnan .... set medic (uncredited)
Lindsey Ashley .... thanks
Jeff Blitz .... thanks
Alfred Cervantes .... thanks
Veronica Chavira .... thanks
Kendall Combs .... thanks
Matt Harton .... thanks
Ryan Hatcher .... thanks
Miranda July .... thanks
Jen Kushner .... thanks
Adrian Lu .... thanks
Yon Motskin .... thanks
Shea Serrano .... thanks
Jenna Spesard .... thanks
Priya Swaminathan .... thanks
Axl Volz .... thanks
Sandy Wilson .... thanks

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Rated R for sexual content, language, brief graphic nudity, a beating and some drug material
USA:90 min
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Continuity: When Linda asks Raymond in her car if he's in some kind of trouble, the camera cuts away a few times to her reaction, and it's obvious she's reacting to a different actor with a much darker beard.See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
How leads and writing elevate a film to a new level, 27 November 2012
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

Rachel Harris has a familiar face and a personality that one has been exposed to before. She has been in a number of background roles, from Ed Helms' nagging wife in The Hangover, Greg's loving mother in the ongoing Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise, and a number of Television roles, portraying numerous different characters.

Harris embodies quite possibly one of her trickiest roles to date in Robbie Pickering's Natural Selection, a charming, wholesome independent film that doesn't overcompensate either of those qualities. She plays Linda White, a heavily-sheltered, quietly morose Christian housewife who has been married to her husband Abe (John Diehl) and has never acted on sensual impulses because her husband's devout beliefs have told him it's a sin to act purely on horniness. Linda will not admit it, but the fact that her long marriage has remained drab and sexless is physically and mentally draining her.

When Abe is hospitalized and quickly approaching death, his dazed remarks about having an illegitimate kid on the count of frequent visits to sperm banks comes up and Linda commits to a cross-country trip from Texas to Florida to find the kid and bring him back to see his biological father before his death. The kid is a twenty-three year old punk named Raymond (Matt O'Leary), who has long been addicted to substance abuse, recklessness, alcohol, danger, and anything anti-normality. He is the polar opposite of sweet, religiously disciplined Linda, and by traveling across the country to get him, she must drive him back home, which gives the viewer some time to dive deeper into both their personalities.

What amazes me from a screenplay standpoint is the realism between the characters Rachel and Raymond. Being opposites, we see Raymond's cold, unmoving feeling of her being "some weird bitch who showed up on my doorstep claiming her husband is my biological (bilateral) father) and we see Rachel's sweet side basically reiterating, "there's a good boy in there somewhere." And we can definitely see, mainly from the film's extensive depiction of it, that years of religious practice and her husband's celibacy that those circumstances have made a truly patient, understanding woman, only making her relationship with Raymond work on multiple different levels that never seem to stretch beyond ones' imagination.

And again, the film largely works not only because of its screenplay, but because of its beautiful performances and sincerely, delicately captured southern locations that are equal parts warm and gritty. Matt O'Leary's character is wonderfully portrayed here, and Harris only brings out the most in him as an actor. Natural Selection shows us how performances and writing that is focused and alive can truly bring us a picture that otherwise could've been captured in a dim, shoddy light.

Starring: Rachel Harris, Matt O'Leary, Joe Diehl, and Jon Gries. Directed by: Robbie Pickering.

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