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The Dust Factory (2004)

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The Dust Factory is an adventure about the love and friendship between two teenagers who help each other through a difficult time in their lives.


Eric Small


Eric Small





Complete credited cast:
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Grandpa Randolph
Hayden Panettiere ... Melanie Lewis
Ryan Kelley ... Ryan Flynn
Kim Myers ... Angie Flynn
George De La Pena ... Ringmaster (as George De La Peña)
Michael Angarano ... Rocky Mazzelli
Peter Horton ... Lionel
Kyle Hansen Kyle Hansen ... Rennie
Ted Roisum Ted Roisum ... Trapeze Catcher
Ayanna Berkshire ... Hope (as Ayanna Berkshire-Cruse)
Shuhe Shuhe ... Sorrow
Robert Blanche ... Ryan Flynn Sr.


After his dad Ryan senior's death in a truck accident, schoolboy Ryan Flynn, a gentle, somewhat nerdy space-fan, becomes a recluse. He shuts up completely after a fall and near-drowning experience while roaming the countryside with his admirably patient, cheerful playmate Rocky Mazzelli. Only Ryan's late granddad finds a magical way to get trough to him and introduce him to a mysterious place, the 'dust factory'. There grandpa and resident teenager Melanie 'Pan' Lewis shows how youngsters prepare for their next life phase. But deciding when they are isn't easy or safe. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

teenager | fall | death | accident | diving | See All (10) »


The courage of one boy. The heart of one girl. See more »


Drama | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and some scary images | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

MGM [United States]





Release Date:

22 May 2010 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Dust Factory - Die Staubfabrik See more »

Filming Locations:

Hillsboro, Oregon, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,000, 17 October 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,000, 17 October 2004
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Bahr Productions Inc. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


George De La Pena's last acting movie See more »


When Ryan gets home after falling in the river, his hair is still wet but his clothes are dry. See more »


Ryan Flynn: I wanna go home. Really go home.
Melanie Lewis: I know. And I don't want you to. It was always my plan to leave too, you know. But I was just waiting for a sign. I figured there'd be this perfect moment where I'd just know it was right. I guess I'm just a dawdler.
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Someone Like You
Written by Luis Bacalov & Anna-Karin Klockar (as Anna Karin Klockar)
Lyrics by Eric Small and Anna-Karin Klockar (as Anna Karin Klockar)
Performed by Hayden Panettiere and Watt White
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Good family movie with a deeper subject matter then most
7 November 2004 | by amy_cartwrightSee all my reviews

My son and I really enjoyed this film. We went to this movie quite by accident - had never heard of it - but was rated PG! How rare is that in this day and age?

The subject matter is deeper then most kids movies - the understanding of pain, losing people we love, and taking that pain to live life and love life to its fullest, not closing up to die. While this may sound like a downer it is not, the characters learn to embrace and recapture their lives in a very upbeat way.

I think one user said sappy - true. But, personally, isn't it nice to watch a film that is uplifting and makes one think about life, and pain, and living - whether you are 9, like my son, or an adult?

Also, this movie has a certain forgein film quality to it. In my opinion.

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