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Begin Again (2013)

12-yr-old Jessica Jones world is torn apart when she is taken out of her abusive home & placed in to Foster care. Jessica will grapple with her past, present, & future. She will meet numerous struggles along the way.


Joshua Samson, Lisa Spurrier (story) | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Lisa Spurrier ... Annika McLaughlin
Bill Gillane ... Thomas McLaughlin
Dusti Jones Dusti Jones ... Jessica - Older
Savanna Kylie Lewis Savanna Kylie Lewis ... Jessica - Young
Matt Mascaro Matt Mascaro ... Trevor
Trevor Hawkes Trevor Hawkes ... Jason
Michael Solarez ... Frank
Sarah Kent ... Elise
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Bethers ... Abusive Man in Hotel
Carter Blanc ... Drew
Pamela Chase Pamela Chase ... Abused Woman in Hotel
William Ferrer William Ferrer ... Dective Roberts
Elizabeth Hales ... Hotel Clerk 1
David Harris David Harris ... Cop 1 in Hotel
Howard Hong Howard Hong ... Cop 2 in Hotel


12-year-old Jessica Jones world is torn apart when she is taken out of her abusive home and placed in to Foster care. Jessica will grapple with her past, present, and future, and meet numerous struggles along the way. Her story is the reality of so many abuse victims in communities nationwide. The flashback scenes are from my own abusive childhood. I share these scenes with the hope that others in abusive situations will seek help for themselves and their abusers before it is too late. Written by Lisa Spurrier

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It is never too late to....BEGIN AGAIN


Drama | Family



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Release Date:

1 April 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA


Box Office


$25,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

eLLeSSe Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby Digital 2 Channel Stereo)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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A well done film with a powerful message.
28 April 2014 | by brannonrichardsonSee all my reviews

A great film that has a powerful message about the harsh world of domestic abuse. Written over the course of an adopted young woman's life, she experiences first hand the emotional and physical abuse by her significant other while her foster parents try and save her. The filmmakers capture this message without being too preachy or heavy handed. The entire cast does a fantastic job of portraying the range of emotions that can occur in a domestic abuse situation. This film has done very well at numerous prestigious and local film festivals and having seen the film more than once myself, I can attest to the fact that those awards are deserved. Well written and directed, Begin Again is a film that is meant to be shared.

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