Dandelion (Emerging Filmmakers Competition)
2004 - USA - 94
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DIRECTOR: Mark Milgard
CAST: Vincent Kartheiser, Taryn Manning, Arliss Howard, Mare Winningham
Set against the almost surreally beautiful wheat fields of Eastern Washington, director Mark Milgard’s award-winning feature debut is a subtle and powerful tale of young love tested by the shifting seasons of life. In a small town of rolling fields and endless skies, isolated 16 year old Mason lives in a world where families exist in fragmented silence and love seems to have gone missing. Then Mason meets Danny, a sensitive and troubled girl, and their tender bond is soon tested after a fatal accident and a series of complications takes Mason away for something he didn't do. Gifted cinematographer-of-the-moment Tim Orr (George Washington) frames our protagonists against the immensity of the western landscape in a style reminiscent of Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven, while director Milgard infuses the narrative with a poetic realism that builds to an overwhelming emotional climax. Mark Milgard started his career in the record industry, co-founding the seminal Lakeshore Records division of Lakeshore Entertainment, which subsequently released soundtracks for City of God, The Human Stain and more. Dandelion is his feature debut.
PRODUCER: Molly Mayeaux
SCREENWRITER: Mark Milgard, Richard Murphy, Robb Williamson
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Tim Orr
EDITOR: Amy Duddleston
MUSIC: Robb Williamson
SPECIAL INFO: Independent Camera Award, Karlovy Vary Film FestivalBest Cinematography, RiverRun Film Festival
PRINT SOURCE: Ruth Pictures