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Donald Cried (2016)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 12 March 2016 (USA)
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With sudden passing of his grandmother, Peter Latang returns to his hometown and encounters his long lost, childhood friend, Donald Treebeck. What begins as a simple favor, turns into a long day's journey into the past.

Director:

Kris Avedisian (as Kristopher Avedisian)

Writers:

Kris Avedisian (as Kristopher Avedisian), Kris Avedisian (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Wakeman Jesse Wakeman ... Peter
William Billington William Billington ... Taxi Driver (as William Billington Sr)
Louisa Krause ... Kristin
Kris Avedisian Kris Avedisian ... Donald
Alexander Cook Alexander Cook ... Mortician
Melissa Avedisian Melissa Avedisian ... Brenda Bradley
Matthew Anthony Jr. Matthew Anthony Jr. ... Shaun (as Matthew Anthony)
Senna Avedisian Senna Avedisian ... Baby
Ted Arcidi ... Corey
Kalayda Barletta Kalayda Barletta ... Carina
Nick Riess Nick Riess ... Dwayne
Matthew Barletta Matthew Barletta ... Dwayne's Buddy
Jeremy Furtado Jeremy Furtado ... Brian Touty
Bridget Holden Bridget Holden ... Touty's Girlfriend
Kate Fitzgerald ... Barbara
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With sudden passing of his grandmother, Peter Latang returns to his hometown and encounters his long lost, childhood friend, Donald Treebeck. What begins as a simple favor, turns into a long day's journey into the past.

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Coming home has never been less fun See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Donald zapłakał See more »

Filming Locations:

Rhode Island, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,977, 5 March 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$61,309, 12 May 2017
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Shot in 11 days with an additional three days of re-shoots. See more »

Quotes

Donald: I don't *want* it to stay up there 'coz then it might fucking blow out the window.
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References Face/Off (1997) See more »

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Parasitic Devourment
Performed by Embalmed
Written by Edwin A Taylor
Published by and Courtesy of Ed Taylor
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Pure Cinema
17 September 2017 | by travisbickle86See all my reviews

Three friends: Kris Avedisian, Kyle Espeleta and Jesse Wakeman felt the creative urge to expand Donald Cried from a short-film into an 85-minute feature. The whole backstory to the making of Donald, reflects other conscientious film-makers like John Cassavetes, who felt driven to make a film because they truly loved and believed in a project; wanting to share it with everybody, rather than the cynical need to debase cinema for financial gain or status.

Shot almost entirely hand-held, in a documentary style; the colours and image quality for the video are surprisingly lush given the budget constraints. The framing of the local amenities and spots set in deep snow are also alluring. It may sound facetious, yet as a Brit, I found locations and atmosphere of Warwick, R.I, fascinating, even exotic. The film is reminiscent of other indie classics such as Buffalo '66 and Garden State, in that in makes the everyday and mundane seem architectural and beautiful. The excellent use of non- actors (friends and family) on screen, brings Cassavetes to mind again.

Admittedly, at times, some of the camera work is shoddy and a bit amateur; yet it doesn't distract from the narrative which is engrossing throughout. What's most astounding about the film, is the 'almost too real' dynamics between the central characters. In 85-mins, we, as the viewer endure many all the tensions and emotions you'd experience between old friends. Its clear that Avedisian and Wakeman have known each other for a long time, and they brilliantly capitialise on their relationship in the film.

'If the audience knew what they wanted then they wouldn't be the audience, they would be the artist.'

There is space for the art in-amongst the endless Star Wars and Transformers reboots and sequels; alongside conscientious and personal films like these. It's our job as an audience to remind film cinema chains, film producers and studios executives of this; then we should leave the artists to do theirs.


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