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     AMERICAN SON
U.S.A., 2007, 90 mins, Color (Sexual Content, Violence, Language)

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Director: Neil Abramson
Screenwriter: Eric Schmid
Executive Producer: Chris Frisina 
Producers: Danielle Renfrew, Michael Roiff 
Cinematographer: Kristian Kachikis 
Editor: Karen Schmeer 
Cast: Nick Cannon, Melonie Diaz, Matt O'Leary, Jay Hernandez, April Grace, Chi McBride, Tom Sizemore


GRAND JURY PRIZE NOMINEE 2008 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

Framed by the parameters of a young man’s 96-hour leave before being shipped off to Iraq, American Son is a darkly vivid, yet romantic and poignant, portrait of the passage from adolescence to adulthood, of facing the uncertainties of the future, and of truly coming of age. 

In joining the Marines, Mike Holland has already chosen a path, but in returning home for what could be the last time, he is suspending his life’s journey, albeit temporarily. This "respite" is confusing because he hasn’t disclosed to anyone where he is headed and further complicated by an affair with an attractive young woman that was kindled on the bus ride home. 

Holland’s disintegrating family world, his tempestuous best friend, and a rapidly evolving romance, all set within a ticking time frame, make for a vitally dramatic scenario. And in this film that resonates with place (the bleakness of Bakersfield); brims with diversity, both racially and culturally; and is unique, yet oddly and affectingly commonplace, director Neil Abramson creates an emotionally powerful, tautly real, and insightful universe—one that alternates between despair and hope and resolves itself with an impact that reminds us why film is such an effective art form. With sterling performances by leads Nick Cannon and Melonie Diaz, this is unflinching and engaging independent filmmaking at its highest level.
    --Courtesy of 2008 Sundance Film Festival
Neil Abramson
Neil Abramson’s acclaimed directorial feature debut, Without Air, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1996; his second feature, Defining Maggie, premiered at the 2002 Santa Barbara Film Festival. Abramson has also directed documentaries, including Soldier Child, which was shown at the United Nations and the Hague, and to the United States Congress, by Amnesty International to illustrate the grave situation in northern Uganda. A South African living in the United States since his teens, Abramson graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
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          OATES VALOR, THE
U.S.A., 2007, 14 mins, Color (Violence)

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Director: Tim Thaddeus Cahill

A teenage boy struggles with his love for the school band and his father's demand that he join the R.O.T.C.

 
Showings
06/14/08 09:00 PMVenue 2 (SCA)
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
400 Culver Street
 
06/15/08 04:30 PMVenue 2 (SCA)
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
400 Culver Street
 


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