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Small, Beautifully Moving Parts -- Tech-geek Sarah Sparks hits the road to deal with the source of her anxiety: her estranged mother, who's now living off the grid.


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  (in credits order)

Anna Margaret Hollyman ... Sarah Sparks
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josephine Clausen ... Interview Subject: New York
Corey Deckler ... Interview Subject: New York / New York Party Guest
Wendy Finster ... Mother
Nisha Ganatra ... Mother
Christopher Heltai ... Interview Subject: Los Angeles
Rich Hoag ... Henrique
Richard Hoag ... Henry

André Holland ... Leon (as Andre Holland)
Coleman Hough ... Mother
Timothy McCracken ... George
Lily Nguyen ... Mother

Mary Beth Peil ... Marjorie

Jane Pickett ... Mother

Sarah Rafferty ... Emily
Marc Riou ... New York Party Guest
Jan Sandwich ... Guru

Susan Kelechi Watson ... Towie

Directed by
Annie Howell (co-director)
Lisa Robinson (co-director)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Annie Howell 
Lisa Robinson 

Produced by
Allison Black .... associate producer
Paul Chudy .... associate producer
Jen Dougherty .... producer
Nadya Fenton .... associate producer
John Gridley .... associate producer
Annie Howell .... producer
Jennifer Lee .... co-producer
Yael Melamede .... executive producer
Cindy Pound .... associate producer
Stone Roach .... associate producer
Lisa Robinson .... producer
Original Music by
Xander Duell 
Cinematography by
Charles Swanson 
Film Editing by
Jennifer Lee 
Sound Department
Mike Gray .... sound
Houston Snyder .... dialogue editor
Houston Snyder .... sound effects editor
Ian Stynes .... sound designer
Ian Stynes .... sound re-recording mixer
Ian Stynes .... supervising sound editor
Geoff Vincent .... foley artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Colten Currey .... assistant camera
Ryan Ovadia .... first assistant camera
Marc Riou .... assistant camera
Tyson Smith .... additional first assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amela Baksic .... wardrobe consultant: Sarah Sparks
Editorial Department
Maya Mumma .... assistant editor
Philip Thangsombat .... assistant editor
Music Department
Cindy Yoon .... music supervisor
Other crew
Jesse Bonnell .... production assistant
Corey Deckler .... production assistant
Allie Levin .... marketing intern
Jenny Lovin .... production accountant
Haven Simsar .... production assistant
Anthony Aria .... the producers would like to thank
Bridget Bedard .... the producers would like to thank
Judith Beylerian .... the producers would like to thank
Sherry Blankenship .... the producers would like to thank
Ilya Chaiken .... the producers would like to thank
Coleman Hough .... the producers would like to thank
Taffy Lanser .... the producers would like to thank
Jan Lars .... the producers would like to thank
Davien Littlefield .... the producers would like to thank
Sophie Malleret .... the producers would like to thank
Chuck McWeeny .... the producers would like to thank
Nathan Morlando .... the producers would like to thank
Brownen Prosser .... the producers would like to thank
Matt Radecki .... the producers would like to thank
Romy Reicker .... the producers would like to thank
Amy Segal .... the producers would like to thank
Bella Shing .... the producers would like to thank
Deanna Wolff .... the producers would like to thank
Susan Zeig .... the producers would like to thank

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Dull, self-indulgent, pointless movie, 11 March 2013
Author: Simone Navarotti from United States

I'm getting very tired of these types of independent films, these pointless, dull, self-indulgent movies created by vapid, corny filmmakers who have NOTHING interesting to say and NOTHING to add to the world of film. An independent movie should have an opinion, it should have a valuable and interesting perspective. Better independent films have humor, usually quirky, and they dare to tell the rarely told tale. And they tell it well. They speak of taboo or unusual subjects in an interesting way. They shouldn't exploit topics just to seem interesting or valuable. Again, the good ones, I mean.

However indie films like this one are self-indulgent, boring and pretty universally corny. What we were supposed to be interested in? The fact that the baby's father was a Black man? That could have been an interesting factor had the character of the Black man been INTERESTING. Instead he was just a regular guy, highly interested in the wellbeing of his pregnant girlfriend and future child. It's nice to see that finally reflected in film, but it still didn't save this boringly told story.

From the beginning to the end, I found it very difficult to care about the main character. Initially they gave her the characteristic of being a techie. They showed her being interested in the inner workings of pieces of technology. She took an old clock apart in the first six minutes of the movie and seemed highly enamored of what she found. And then, it evaporated. There was no more mention of it. The movie became a story that was exclusively about a boring pregnant girl from New York (of course) who is looking for her estranged mother. Oh, and she has a cellphone. And oh yeah, she talks on it a lot.

I kept trying to be concerned about the main character. I kept looking for a real reason to give a darn about whether or not she found her mother. In the end when she did find her mother, her estranged mother was ALSO boring. The mother was just an old fruitcake who had nothing interesting to say. Nor did she leave us with any compelling words of wisdom. She didn't even LOOK interesting. Which I'm sure someone would say was the point. After the entire search, everything comes up as "ZERO." Well, I've got news for you. This movie was ZERO from the beginning.

Odd camera angles (and useless footage that does not forward the story nor add to a film) does not an indie film make. It makes your film dull. The actress who played the main character HAS to be the director of this film because she kept her face in the camera the whole time. The camera only barely moved away from her face for mere moments. Then it came right back dead center to her face. Yes honey, you're sort of a cute girl and we all appreciate that your teeth are nice and white, but you didn't need to make this long, pitiful movie to prove it.

This movie is such a "pass."

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