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Schism (2008)

After a hip injury as a result of a fall, Neil Woodard enters a nursing facility unhappy with the changes occurring in his life. Initially uncooperative and insistent that he will return ... See full summary »

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John C. Lyons

Writer:

John C. Lyons
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ruth Thoma Andrews Ruth Thoma Andrews ... Martha
Karly Bender Karly Bender ... Kellie
Thomas H. Bennett Thomas H. Bennett ... Edward
Lori Clapper Lori Clapper ... Elaine Dombrowski
Scott Frisina Scott Frisina ... Tim
Jennifer Hooper Jennifer Hooper ... Kristen
Jacqueline Johnson Jacqueline Johnson ... Gertie
Don Kirsch Don Kirsch ... Roger McKenna
Rhia Lyons Rhia Lyons ... Jessica
Courtney Mallen Courtney Mallen ... Kathy
Samuel McAuley Samuel McAuley ... Visiting Family
Amara Arielle Offhaus Amara Arielle Offhaus ... Maria
Dick Ropp Dick Ropp ... Rufus
Craig Schneider Craig Schneider ... Bob Dombrowski
Melissa Scott Melissa Scott ... Nurse
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After a hip injury as a result of a fall, Neil Woodard enters a nursing facility unhappy with the changes occurring in his life. Initially uncooperative and insistent that he will return home once he recovers, he deals with the reality of no longer being a priority in his family's life, but discovers comfort and friendship in the residents and staff. However, he soon learns that all may not be as it seems. Told from the perspective of the afflicted this is the story of one man's descent into the world of Alzheimer's dementia. Written by Jake Simprovich

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Drama

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

17 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Erie, Pennsylvania, USA

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Budget:

$6,000 (estimated)
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Lyons Den Productions See more »
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Color
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WON: Best Narrative Feature award at the Spirit Quest Film Festival (2009) See more »

Alternate Versions

An early 2008 film festival cut ran 109 minutes. Version can be found on the Limited Edition DVD release. See more »

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Schism is a display of independent film making brilliance.
24 October 2008 | by jeff-2324See all my reviews

Schism is a display of independent film making brilliance.

John Lyons has proved that a moving story beats a big budget in the "Rock, Paper, Scissors" game of film making. In this story of end of life reflection, Mr. Lyons has captured to most intricate nuances of the fragile mind in a graphical depiction that leaves the audience on the edge of their seat.

With the help of seasoned local actors, he dives into his broad wealth of photographic magic to pull out a winner. Cinematography, audio clarity, and creative imagery are helpful, but the synthesis of reality and the dark recesses of the aging mind add an unexpected but very appreciative twist.

Congratulations John, on a moving masterpiece.


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