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Jim McKay follows up on the critical success of his Girls Town (1996) with this sensitively-wrought, finely-etched character study of three teenaged girls living in the Crown Heights section of New York City. Though it is summer, the trio find themselves locked in a demanding rehearsal schedule for their prize-winning marching band. Yet this is one of a sundry responsibilities these girls must shoulder. With their parents over-worked, absent, or in jail, they must take care of all household chores and hold down dreary soul-deadening jobs. To make matters worse, their school is closing down for asbestos removal. Yet the most pressing concern for Maria (Melissa Martinez) is her discovery that she is pregnant, for a second time, after a latex-free tryst with a classmate. She is reluctant to consider an abortion, though the prospect of telling her harried mother seems no less daunting. Her best friend Lanisha (Kerry Washington) is supportive, but Joy (Anna Simpson), the third in the trio, cools to Maria, preferring to retreat into a world of fantasy. This film was screened at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

  • Release date:January 21, 2000

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Jim McKay John Cassavetes Award 2000 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Jim McKay Producers Award 2000 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Paul S. Mezey Producers Award 2000 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Diana E. Williams Producers Award 2000 Nominee

Crew

Jim McKay
Director
Jim McKay
Producer
Diana E. Williams
Producer
Paul S. Mezey
Producer
Jim McKay
Screenwriter
Jim Denault
Cinematographer
Alex Hall
Editor
Joseph Infantolino
Co-producer
Alexa L. Fogel
Co-producer
Tyrone Brown
Associate Producer
Caroline Kaplan
Executive Producer
Michael Stipe
Executive Producer
Jonathan Sehring
Executive Producer
Jan Mclaughlin
Sound/Sound Designer
Alexa L. Fogel
Casting
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