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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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Writers:
Annie Howell (written by) and
Lisa Robinson (written by)
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Plot:
Sarah Sparks is pregnant and feeling wholly ambivalent, despite her boyfriend's pure enthusiasm. A committed tech-geek... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Dull, self-indulgent, pointless movie See more (5 total) »

Cast

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Anna Margaret Hollyman ... Sarah Sparks
Rhasaan Oyasaba Manning ... Interview Subject New York
Josephine Clausen ... Interview Subject New York
Christian Menisis ... Interview Subject New York
Anna Starostinetskaya ... Interview Subject New York
David Middaugh ... Interview Subject New York
Paul Chudy ... Interview Subject New York
Rocko ... Interview Subject New York
Corey Deckler ... Interview Subject New York / New York Party Guest
Tom Walsh ... Interview Subject New York

André Holland ... Leon (as Andre Holland)
Annie Howell ... Navigator Voice / Interview Subject Grand Canyon (as Annie J. Howell)

Sarah Rafferty ... Emily
Timothy McCracken ... George
Ariel Gray ... Eleanor
Christopher Heltai ... Interview Subject Los Angeles
Francesca Sarti ... Interview Subject Los Angeles
Greg Stefanelli ... Interview Subject Los Angeles
Elisa Stefanelli ... Interview Subject Los Angeles
Aimee Schreiber ... Interview Subject Los Angeles
Shareen Wright ... Interview Subject Los Angeles
Landon Wright ... Interview Subject Los Angeles
Payton Wright ... Interview Subject Los Angeles
Wendy Finster ... Mother
Judith Beylerian ... Mother (as Judith Bogart Beylerian)
Bella Shing ... Mother
Allison Black ... Mother
Nisha Ganatra ... Mother
Coleman Hough ... Mother
Lily Nguyen ... Mother

Jane Pickett ... Mother
Ford Finster ... Kid
Maxine Finster ... Kid
Lunabelle Beylerian ... Kid
Jai Ganatra ... Kid
Richard Hoag ... Henry Sparks
Sirlei Martin ... Viviane
Marc Riou ... New York Party Guest
Lisa Robinson ... New York Party Guest

Susan Kelechi Watson ... Towie
Sjurs Bootsman ... Interview Subject Grand Canyon
Saskia Bootsman ... Interview Subject Grand Canyon
Peter Bootsman ... Interview Subject Grand Canyon
Marja Bootsman ... Interview Subject Grand Canyon
Rob Colvin ... Interview Subject Grand Canyon
Jaelyn Colvin ... Interview Subject Grand Canyon
Chris Colvin ... Interview Subject Grand Canyon
Amy E. Colvin ... Interview Subject Grand Canyon
Janine Sedar ... Interview Subject Grand Canyon
Jacob Sedar ... Interview Subject Grand Canyon
Scott Sedar ... Interview Subject Grand Canyon
Emmet Sedar ... Interview Subject Grand Canyon
Peggy Davidson ... Meditator
Ron Rubin ... Meditator
Deanna Wolff ... Meditator
Jan Sandwich ... Guru

Mary Beth Peil ... Marjorie Sparks
Gordon Mischke ... Cab Driver
Zora Lake ... Zora

Directed by
Annie Howell  (as Annie J. Howell)
Lisa Robinson 
 
Writing credits
Annie Howell (written by) (as Annie J. Howell) and
Lisa Robinson (written by)

Produced by
Allison Black .... associate producer
Paul Chudy .... associate producer
Jen Dougherty .... producer (as Jennifer Dougherty)
Nadya Fenton .... associate producer
John Gridley .... associate producer
Annie Howell .... producer (as Annie J. Howell)
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  (as Charles E. 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
 
Thanks
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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1 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
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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