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George Washington (2000)

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Directer:David Gordon Green  Producer:David Gordon Green, Sacha W. Mueller, Lisa Muskat   Writter:David Gordon Green  Music:Michael Linnen, David Wingo   Cinematography:Tim Orr  Editor:Zene Baker, Steven Gonzales  Running time:89 min Country:USA  Language:English Genre:Drama   Subtitle: English Starring:Candace Evanofski ... Nasia,
Donald Holden ... George, Damian Jewan Lee ... Vernon, Curtis Cotton III ... Buddy,
Rachael Handy ... Sonya, Paul Schneider ... Rico Rice

 

   

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ҧ:9 wins & 13 nominations

Atlanta Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2000 Won Southeastern Media Award David Gordon Green 
 
Chicago International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2000 Nominated Gold Hugo New Directors Competition
David Gordon Green (director) 
 
Chlotrudis Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2001 Nominated Chlotrudis Award Best Cast
Best Cinematography
Tim Orr 
Best Screenplay - Original
David Gordon Green 
Best Supporting Actress
Candace Evanofski 
 
Hawaii International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2000 Nominated Golden Maile Award Narrative Feature
David Gordon Green 
 
Independent Spirit Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2001 Nominated Independent Spirit Award Best Cinematography
Tim Orr 
Best Debut Performance
Candace Evanofski 
Curtis Cotton III 
Damian Jewan Lee 
Donald Holden 
Rachael Handy 
For the whole ensemble.
Best Feature
David Gordon Green 
Sacha W. Mueller 
Lisa Muskat 
Best First Screenplay
David Gordon Green 
 
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2000 Nominated Sierra Award Best Male Newcomer
David Gordon Green 
 
New York Film Critics Circle Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2000 Won NYFCC Award Best First Film
David Gordon Green 
 
Newport International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2000 Won Best Actor Award Candace Evanofski 
Donald Holden 
Curtis Cotton III 
Eddie Rouse 
Rachael Handy 
For their ensemble performance.
Best Director Award David Gordon Green 
Jury Award Best Dramatic Film
David Gordon Green 
 
Stockholm Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2000 Won Best Cinematography Tim Orr 
Nominated Bronze Horse David Gordon Green 
 
Thessaloniki Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2000 Nominated Golden Alexander David Gordon Green 
 
Torino International Festival of Young Cinema
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2000 Won CinemAvvenire Award Best Feature Film
David Gordon Green 
Prize of the City of Torino Best Film - International Feature Film Competition
David Gordon Green 
 
Toronto International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2000 Won Discovery Award David Gordon Green 
Tied with 101 Reykjavík (2000).
 


   A delicately told and deceptively simple story of a group of children in a depressed small town who band together to cover up a tragic mistake.
  Set in a small town in North Carolina, George Washington is the story of a tight-knit multi-racial group of working-class kids caught in a tragic lie. After a twelve-year-old girl breaks up with her boyfriend for a sensitive, deeply introspective thirteen-year-old boy named George, a bizarre series of events and an innocent cover-up launches their insular group on individual quests for redemption.


Special Features:
• Commentary by director David Gordon Green, cinematographer Tim Orr, and actor Paul Schneider
• Deleted scene with commentary
• Original theatrical trailer
• David Gordon Green’s short films, made while he was a student at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Pleasant Grove (with commentary) and Physical Pinball
• Charlie Rose interview with David Gordon Green Exclusive new video interviews with the cast
• Clu Gulager’s 1969 short film A Day with the Boys, an influence on George Washington
• 4 page liner notes of "Director''s Statement"


Review:

 Over the course of one hot summer, a group of children in the rural south are forced to confront a tangle of difficult choices in a decaying world. An ambitiously constructed, sensuously photographed meditation on adolescence, the first feature film by director David Gordon Green features breakout performances from an award-winning ensemble cast.

A little like Gummo re-imagined by Terrence Malick, Green''s extraordinary debut feature is a film without a centre. Narrated by a young girl, it shows vignettes from life in a small Southern dirt town around 4 July, focusing mainly on the kids (most of whom are black) and a notably laidback railroad track repair crew. Nothing of consequence happens until one boy dies in an accident and the others decide to hide his body rather than report the death; after that, the group fragments and each kid starts to edge towards maturity. Lyrically shot in ''Scope by Tim Orr, the film absorbs elements of documentary and improvisation to produce a remarkably organic whole.


TimeOut



There is a summer in your life which is the last time boys and girls can be friends until they grow up. The summer when adolescence has arrived, but has not insisted on itself. When the stir of arriving sexuality still makes you feel hopeful instead of restless and troubled. When you feel powerful instead of unsure. That is the summer "George Washington" is about, and all it is about. Everything else in the film is just what happened to happen that summer.

This is such a lovely film. You give yourself to its voluptuous languor. You hang around with these kids from the poor side of town while they kill time and share their pipe dreams. A tragedy happens, but the movie is not about the tragedy. It is about the discovery that tragedies can happen. In the corresponding summer of my life, a kid tried to be a daredevil by riding his bicycle up a ramp, and fell off and broke his leg, and everybody blamed that when he got polio. I tell you my memory instead of what happens in this film because the tragedy in the film comes so swiftly, in the midst of a casual afternoon, that it should be as surprising to you as to the kids.

The movie takes place in a rusting industrial landscape, where the weeds are already returning to nature. It is in North Carolina. We meet some black kids, between 10 and 13, and a few white kids. They''re friends. They are transparent to one another. They are facts of life. You wake up every morning and here they are, the other kids in your life. They are waiting to grow up. There are some adults around, but they''re not insisted upon. Some of them are so stranded by life they kill time with the kids. Nothing better to do.

Buddy (Curtis Cotton III) has a crush on Nasia (Candace Evanofski). She leaves him for George (Donald Holden). This is all momentous because it is the first crush and the first leaving of their lives. Buddy asks for one last kiss. "Do you love me?" asks Nasia. Buddy won''t say. He wants the kiss voluntarily. No luck.

George has his own problems: The plates in his skull didn''t meet right, and he wears a football helmet to protect his skull. "When I look at my friends," Nasia muses, "I know there''s goodness. I can look at their feet, or when I hold their hands, I pretend I can see the bones inside." George fears for his dog because his Uncle Damascus (Eddie Rouse) doesn''t like animals. "He just don''t like to get bothered," says Aunt Ruth (Janet Taylor). "Do you remember the first time we made love to this song?" Damascus asks Ruth. "We were out in that field. You buried me in that grass." "Why is it," Ruth asks him, "every time you start talkin'', you sound like you gonna cry?" The heat is still, the days are slow, there is not much to do. A kid with freckles gets in trouble in the swimming pool and George jumps in to save him, even though he''s not supposed to get his head wet. Then George starts wearing a cape, like a superhero. Buddy wears a Halloween dinosaur mask while he stands in a restroom, which is one of their hangouts, and delivers a soliloquy that would be worthy of Hamlet, if instead of being the prince of Denmark, Hamlet had been Buddy. Buddy disappears. Nasia thinks he ran away "because he still has his crush on me." Others know why Buddy disappeared but simply do not know what to do with their knowledge. Vernon (Damian Jewan Lee) has a soliloquy beginning with the words "I wish" that would be worthy of Buddy, or Hamlet.

The film was written and directed by David Gordon Greene. The cinematography, by Tim Orr, is the best of the year. The mood and feel of the film have been compared to the work of Terence Malick, and Greene is said to have watched "The Thin Red Line" over and over while preparing to shoot. But this is not a copy of Malick; it is simply in the same key. Like Malick''s "Days of Heaven," it is not about plot, but about memory and regret. It remembers a summer that was not a happy summer, but there will never again be a summer so intensely felt, so alive, so valuable.

Rober Ebert''s Review



 

 





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