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Susan Skoog wrote and directed this coming-of-age tale set in a New Jersey suburb during the early '80s and seen from the viewpoint of sensitive, rebellious teen Anna Stockard (Liza Weil), who is passionate about art. Anna lives with her obnoxious kid brother and her lonely divorced mom Carol (Kathryn Rossetter), a bitter woman who dates a wealthy but elderly man in hopes escaping future poverty. With little acceptance at home, Anna is eager for life and she hangs out with her party-loving pal Brenda (Chad Morgan), revealed to be a victim of sexual abuse. Anna loses her virginity to another artist wannabe, someone who has interested her since childhood. Anna's constant partying results in a low grade point average at school, and despite the encouragement of her art teacher, failed artist Mr. Chaminsky (Frederic Forrest), Anna is insecure about her talent. Her attitude and lifestyle are beginning to seem like drawbacks to her dream of going to New York to study at Cooper Union. Soundtrack includes numerous pop tunes of the period, including David Bowie, The Ramones, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, and Blondie. Shown at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

  • Release date:June 10, 1998

Cast

Liza Weil
as Anna Stockard
Chad Morgan
as Brenda Talbot
Kathy Rossetter
as Carol Stockard
Frederic Forrest
as Mr. Chaminsky
Dan Montano
as Zak
John G. Connolly
as Woods
Marc Riffon

Crew

Susan Skoog
Director
Michelle Yahn
Producer
Susan Skoog
Producer
Kevin Segalla
Producer
Ellin Baumel
Producer
Susan Skoog
Screenwriter
Michael Barrow
Cinematographer
Michael Mayers
Cinematographer
Sandi Guthrie
Editor
Dina Goldman
Production Designer
Irwin W. Young
Executive Producer
Jim Pedas
Executive Producer
Ted Pedas
Executive Producer
George P. Pelecanos
Executive Producer
Bill Durkin
Executive Producer
Adrienne Stern
Casting
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