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Fly Away -- FLY AWAY tells the poignant, compelling and surprisingly funny story of a single mother of a teenager with severe autism, at the crossroads of her daughter's adult life. What will sustain her child, and herself?


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26 April 2011 (USA) See more »
The poignant yet humor filled story about a single mother of a teenager severely impacted by autism... See more » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Beth Broderick ... Jeanne

Ashley Rickards ... Mandy
Aramazd Stepanian ... Mr. Parseghian
Promotion ... Rozwell the Dog
Peter Binswanger ... Kid in Van

Greg Germann ... Tom
Maui ... Juno the Dog

Denise Dowse ... Susan (as Denise Y. Dowse)
Jon Shestack ... Samuels

Reno ... Liz Howell

Jay Sincere ... Assistant
Matthew Antonio Grillo Russell ... Ice Cream Shop Server #1 (as Matthew Grillo Russell)
Angela Grillo ... Elderly Woman
Sheridan Cole ... Ice Cream Shop Patron (as Sheridan M. Cole)
Marisa Laurance ... Ice Cream Shop Patron (as Marisa Laurence)
Ming Cho ... Ice Cream Shop Patron

JR Bourne ... Peter

Tamaira Danyluk ... Parent at Party (as Tamaira Danyluk-Noriega)
Fonda Jefferson ... Parent at Party
Maynor Lopez ... Parent at Party
Oscar Ornela Jr. ... Kid at Party

Brooke Star ... Kid at Party
Michael E. Wise ... Kid at Party
Judy Mora ... Dog Park Patron
Scarlett Walker ... Dog Park Patron (as Scarlet Walker)
Tomica Baquet ... Dog Park Patron
Kristina Hornbek ... Dog Park Patron
Tommy Martin ... Dog Park Patron
Paul B. Price ... Dog Park Patron
Elaine Hall ... Ms. Quinlan
Matthew Derba ... Restaurant Patron
Shannon Latimer ... Restaurant Patron
Beny C. Valde ... Restaurant Patron
Virginia B. Valde ... Restaurant Patron
John Yonover ... Restaurant Patron
Matthew Yonover ... Restaurant Patron
Cannelle Causse ... Bartender
Casey Martin ... Restaurant Bar Patron

Jordan Roberts ... Maitre d'
Ashley Renee Saunders ... O.T. Aide
Ruben Gonzalez ... Cashier #1
J.B. Popplewell ... Cashier #2
Peter Blanchett ... Kissing Teen #1
Lauryn King ... Kissing Teen #2
Enrique Zaldua ... Administrator
Charles Larson ... Groundskeeper
Salvatore Camarillo ... Groundskeeper
Luke Rothschild ... Mr. Lanza
Zach Palmer ... Dylan (as Zachariah Palmer)

Directed by
Janet Grillo 
Writing credits
Janet Grillo (written by)

Produced by
Lee Adhemar G. Feldshon .... executive producer
Catherine Hardwicke .... executive producer
Pavlina Hatoupis .... producer
David F. Schwartz .... executive producer (as David Schwartz)
Original Music by
Luke Rothschild 
Cinematography by
Sandra Valde-Hansen 
Film Editing by
Danny Daneau 
Casting by
Erin Toner 
Production Design by
Katie Byron 
Costume Design by
Trayce Gigi Field 
Makeup Department
Brittania Denison .... key makeup artist (as Brittania Perri)
Lorraine Martin .... makeup department head
Miko Nishida .... department head hairstylist
Production Management
J.B. Popplewell .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt Henderson .... first assistant director
Jason Rodgers .... second assistant director
Lou Simon .... second unit director
Art Department
Caity Birmingham .... graphic designer
Emily Lacy .... art department assistant
Vanessa Lin .... art department assistant
Yuki Miura .... property master
Yuki Miura .... set dresser
Sound Department
Omar Barraza .... boom operator
Herwig Maurer .... re-recording mixer
Herwig Maurer .... supervising sound editor
Robb Porter .... audio layback
Matthew Sanchez .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Akers .... first assistant camera
Team Bashet .... key grip
Joshua Bushek .... best boy grip
Chris Carroll .... gaffer
Cannelle Causse .... camera intern (as Causse Cannele)
Daniel Daneau .... d.i.t. tech
Hillary Elder .... second assistant camera
Tony Foresta .... steadicam operator
Casting Department
Shaunessy James Quinn .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sarah Evelyn Bram .... costume supervisor
April Dunlap .... costumer
Olivia Hateley .... costumer
Editorial Department
Sue Gates .... colorist
Location Management
Shannon Latimer .... location manager
Transportation Department
Lauren Levine .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Mark Alkofer .... studio teacher
Tomica Baquet .... animal trainer
Peter Binswanger .... production assistant
Laura Broderick .... autism consultant
Erin Connarn .... script supervisor
Sara Correa .... production assistant
Matthew Derba .... assistant production coordinator
Keith Fairclough .... product placement
Lee Adhemar Feldshon .... legal counsel
Lee Adhemar G. Feldshon .... legal counsel (as Lee Adhemar G. Feldshon Esq.)
Marisa Laurance .... intern
Lee Meltzer .... film publicist
Judy Mora .... animal wrangler: Horses for Production
Sonja Roth .... production accountant
Ashley Renee Saunders .... production coordinator
David F. Schwartz .... legal counsel (as David F. Schwartz Esq.)
David F. Schwartz .... legal counsel
Scarlett Walker .... animal wrangler: Horses for Production (as Scarlet Walker)

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USA:85 min

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A Natural Work of Art, 7 September 2013
Author: The Movie Guys from United States

Beth Broderick and Ashley Rickards star in Janet Grillo's film about a divorced working mother raising an autistic teen daughter. Rickards won the Reel Frontier Special Jury Award for best performance at the 2011 Arizona International Film Festival, but other than its Prism Award nomination for best feature film dealing with mental health, "Fly Away" has not received it's due share of award recognition.

Fly AwayRickards performance as young, autistic Mandy is baffling, uncomfortable and utterly believable. Not having been familiar with her work prior to viewing "Fly Away", I presumed this was an autistic actor. But then I wondered how possible it would be to direct someone that high on the autism spectrum, and I discovered that she had been on "American Horror Story: Asylum," and now stars in MTV's"Awkward." I marveled at the realistic performance. When you forget you're watching performances, you know you're undergoing a brilliant film experience. Rickards should have been noticed for this performance in a much greater capacity. Yet the film seems to have been off the Academy's radar.

Also in a spot-on natural and moving performance is Beth Broderick ("Sabrina the teenage Witch") as Mandy's mother Jeanne. Her representation of this oh-so patient mom reveals such tender care and empathetic love, that I am not likely to forget soon.

The story is not anything new, but it may be to those who are unaware of how autism affects lives. We live the challenge,if only momentarily, with Jeanne and Mandy. It's a truthful slice of the struggle, and such parental devotion is sure to make us clutch our chests in an effort to hold our hearts as we watch.

"Fly Away" is not an educational film, even though it educates. It is not a docu­-drama, even though it documents real struggles. It's not a film that should only be used to teach something or prove a point. It's a well-­made, natural work of art. It can (and should) be watched by all who appreciate well-­made dramatic films, with whole­hearted, real comedic moments.

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