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About the Film

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Who do you love? How will you die? CRY tells the story a bullied teenager struggling to survive his high school torments and a lonely elderly man wrestling with the loss of his wife and his own mortality. When a tragic accident entangles their lives, their budding friendship presents both with a glimmer of hope. They discover how to escape their self-imposed fortresses of solitude.

Director's Statement

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CRY began, quite literally, as a dream. Several dreams, really. The first dream was that of a 6th grade boy using his father's abandoned 8mm camera to make movies, splicing together footage of his friends with Godzilla and Rodan reels, cut with razor blades and glued together with scotch tape. The second dream was of a 8th grade boy spending almost every day of that summer in a darkened theater watching Star Wars and daring to think I want to make movies. The third dream was that of an old man, weeping at his kitchen table.

Why was he crying?

He was crying because he had to.

He was crying for those young boys who had forgotten their dreams.

CRY evolved organically from there, expanding outward from that powerful image of a lonely man weeping at his table in the dark. To make it real, I took a picture of an actor friend sitting at a table with an empty can of beer, an exact replica of the image in the dream, and used the image to inspire me to write. I listened to Zoë Keating and wrote from the inside to the out. I wrote, day after day. Then one day, I had a finished script.

And I still ignored the dream.

Finally, another dream came. A particularly famous actor, in the guise of his most famous character (a starship captain) said to me You have permission to try, even if you fail.

I woke from that dream free of the fear and doubt that had been paralyzing me. Within two years and with the valuable help of many of people, we had edited that draft down to a shooting script and we filmed CRY.

The journey didn't stop there, though. Exhaustion, frustration, and doubt crept back in even after the film was in the can. Even after we showed the film at festivals and won praise and awards, I still doubted the film. Something was not right. Something was still out of place.

Thoughts kept churning around in my head, but I untangle what was troubling me. I had tried, regardless of the risk, to make my first feature film. Why did I feel incomplete?

Months and years passed. Then, as it happens, I am sitting in a darkened theater again, watching the original Star Wars trilogy again, this time with my nephew who is the same age I was when I first saw the the first Star Wars. And Yoda said the words I had forgotten: Do or do not; there is no try.

That was it.

I took the film completely apart and started over. I looked at every shot, every sound, and every cue again. I cut scenes out. I moved shots around. I replaced old ideas with new ones. I rebuilt the film to be the very best I knew how to make it. I made a film I was finally, truly, happy with.

I finally made that dream. This is that film.

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w a t c h

CRY has been completely remastered and re-cut for a planned 2018 release.

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c a s t

Bill Flynn (Cable)

We all face transitions. Some small. Some monumental. This story explores the effect of support and understanding when faced with extreme circumstances.

Bill Flynn

Bill Flynn Cable

Comanche Moon, Full Metal Alchemist, Samurai 7

Bill has over twenty-six years’ experience as an actor. He performed with theater groups in Stavanger, Norway; Celle, Germany; Vienna, Virginia; and Dallas, Texas. For the past seventeen years he has worked in TV, film and commercials, and periodically returns to the boards in local showcases.

Skyy Moore (Carson)

CRY to me was an introduction to adult life, much like it was to my character. I found responsibility and life-long friends, and it took me down a very challenging road that I'm still traveling.

Skyy Moore

Skyy Moore Carson

Last Rampage, Two Step

Skyy Moore is best know for his roles in crime thrillers Last Rampage and Two Step. He began his career on the stage in Dallas, Texas. He’s been a working as an indie film actor for several years in Texas and is now based out of L.A. He’s represented by Progressive Artists Agency and Luber Roklin Entertainment.

Del Shores (Jeremy)

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Del Shores Jeremy

Sordid Lives, Southern Baptist Sissies, Queer as Folk

Del Shores has written, directed and produced successfully across studio and independent film, network and cable television and regional and national touring theatre.

Cherami Leigh (Grace)

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Cherami Leigh Grace

Not Cool, Fast Food Nation, Temple Grandin

Cherami is a Dallas native and is now an actress and producer in Hollywood.

Erick Lopez (Micah)

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Erick Lopez Micah

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Faking It, Shameless

Raised in Dallas, Texas, Erick began his acting career his senior year of high school.

He eventually found his way to Los Angeles, CA, appearing in in Faking It, Switched At Birth, Shameless, NCIS, Castle, and the Robert Rodriguez directed pilot episode of Matador. Has also done professional theatre at the Kirk Douglas in Culver City, originating the role of Frankie in Kimber Lee's "Different Words For The Same Thing".

Libby Valari (Elizabeth)

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Libby Villari Elizabeth

Boyhood, Friday Night Lights, Two Step

Libby Villari was born a Tarhill and a hick in Winston-Salem, N.C. and credits the beauty and magic of rural North Carolina for her love of, and reverence for Nature. Her roots still inform who she is today. At age 11 she moved to Sunland-Tujunga on the outskirts of Los Angeles. She embraced Southern California as her new home, graduated from Verdugo Hills High School, married, gave birth to her son, and embraced all things alternative and natural, including political activism.

Grover Coulson (Nestor)

I'd like to say that "CRY" is a very good movie and I am very proud to be a part of the production. I thought it was well written and well acted with a great cast and director.

Grover Coulson

Grover Coulson Nestor

The Lone Ranger, Friday Night Lights, Better Call Saul

Born in Hubbard Texas November 2,1947, to parents, Grover and Odessa Coulson, He graduated from Dunbar High School, Ft. Worth Texas, 1966. The next year Grover enrolled at Tarrant County Jr. college to study theater. After one semester, he went into the Army for two years and upon discharge returned to college to continue his studies in acting.

Andrea Cohen (Elise)

Cry allowed me to explore loss and love. As hard as it is to get back in the game, after missed opportunities, one must pick themselves up and finish the game. Cry explores how people decide to finish the game. Winner or loser...the end result is how we play it.

Andrea Cohen

Andrea Cohen Elise

American Hero, Donovan, Scandal Made Me Famous

Andrea was born and raised in Caldwell, Ohio and graduate of Kenyon College. She currently lives and acts in Dallas, Texas. She is represented by the Campbell Agency.

Matt Posey (Mr Gleason)

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Matt Posey Mr Gleason

No County for Old Men, JFK, The Magnificent Seven

Matthew Posey began his film and television career in 1983 where he played Eugene in the movie "Places in the Heart". He has been acting for over 35 years and has been in over 50 major film and television productions. Matthew's career highlights include, "True Stories", "JFK", "Lonesome Dove", "No Country For Old Men", "Rectify", "American Crime", and "Temple Grandin" to name a few. Recently, Matthew can be seen in Antoine Fuqua's blockbuster film "Magnificant Seven", and in AMC's "The Son".

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c r e d i t s

written and directed by

clay luther

executive producer

christopher pearce

producers

erin nicole parisi
jonathan buchner

cinematographer

james burgess

composer

michael boss

associate producers

janette bradley
rita chow
dave derrick
richard dunlap
alan gatzke
lee waddell

editors

matthew stocks
clay luther

assistant editors

lara woodhull
skyy moore

colorist / compositor

clay luther

cast

cable
carson
jeremy
nestor
mimi
mrs rodriguez
grace
micah
j
truett
deandre
nurse
homeless man
elizabeth
teacher
mr gleason
mr gleason's secretary
pet shop patron
pet shop girl
driver
elise
cullen
jennifer
lisa
waitress
locker room coach
beau
booger

bill flynn
skyy moore
del shores
grover coulson
denise lee
sonia acevedo
cherami leigh
erick lopez
lynn andrews
zach short
rodney lee shed
rebekah turner
clarke lindsley
libby villari
merri brewer
matthew posey
julie mayfield
sadie mcgoodwin
melissa odom
miguel garcia
andrea cohen
aiden viels
mackinlee waddell
melissa rudee
abbey siegworth
robert woodhull
max montgomery
carson

cable
carson
jeremy
nestor
mimi
mrs rodriguez
grace
micah
j
truett
deandre
nurse
homeless man
elizabeth
teacher
mr gleason
mr gleason's secretary
pet shop patron
pet shop girl
driver
elise
cullen
jennifer
lisa
waitress
locker room coach
beau
booger

bill flynn
skyy moore
del shores
grover coulson
denise lee
sonia acevedo
cherami leigh
erick lopez
lynn andrews
zach short
rodney lee shed
rebekah turner
clarke lindsley
libby villari
merri brewer
matthew posey
julie mayfield
sadie mcgoodwin
melissa odom
miguel garcia
andrea cohen
aiden viels
mackinlee waddell
melissa rudee
abbey siegworth
robert woodhull
max montgomery
carson

casting directors

brock-allen casting
toni cobb brock
sally allen

assistant director

thiago martins

second assistant director

shalom rutledge

line producer

sheri gable sisco

production coordinator

dixie lee sedgwick

first assistant camera

alex wagner

first assistant camera

alex wagner

second assistant camera

benjamin tubb

crane camera operator

chris simpson

second unit cinematographer

matthew stocks

camera operator

dick saunders

digital information technican

matthew aines

gaffer

matthew stocks

best boy electric

travis grey

key grip

john beasley

best boy grip

michelle ballou howe

grips

josh pickering
mitch winberg
mason c young

stunt coordinator

clarke lindsley

production design / property master

jonathan barela

production design assistant

nikki m reed

property assistant

susan anderson

set decorator

erin nicole parisi

wardrobe

susan anderson

make-up / hair / special effects make-up

shelly pinder

original artwork

erin nicole parisi

script editor

kathryn kaufman seay

script supervisors

john pinder
lara woodhull

sound engineer

mike anderson

boom opeartor

steve moore

audio technician

scott ross

sound design

ian alvey

previsualization

robert villareal

assistant to mr luther

elizabeth melancon

assistant to mr flynn and mr shores

sadie mcgoodwin

assistant to mr buchner

misti fields

key production assistant

ian alvey

production assistants

elise baughman
melody brooke
daniel caspar
jon christie
cheri croslin-kuehn
michael dawson
paty gomez-palacio
rodolfo guzman
austin harris
mike henricks
deborah r jones
gayle sisco massey
becka rose
quincy wells

legal counsel

mike farris

catering

unique catering
donna sellers

craft

sadie mcgoodwin

animal wrangler

ian alvey

location manager

erin nicole parisi

trailer manager

ralph goin

media and music relations

erin nicole parisi

background performers
art students

mary cole daulton
lindsay s gerard
maya harris
vinita mundluru
megan sheets
catherine talbot

students

abigail achiri
lauren anderson
ian alvey
alexandra aronowitz
olivia barrette
donald bernier
kristin butler
jensen clardy
rebecca combs
stephanie contreras
angela crews
dino dean
jeanne dube
teddi driver
claire ellington
omar fawahl
cristi flores
christine galyean
reyna grantham
adelia gunderson
daisy guzman
vanessa guzman
lauren hamm
kristen hodges
jason d howard
jenna huang
robby ischy
delon m johnson
cathia juarez
lynn kihiu
imanii kolailat
megan loudermilk
jasmine lovings
bill mccarthy
gemma mclarty
jaquel mitchell
toni moore
blake myrin
tonya oakley
lisandra ortega
bryan payne
gino piamonte
joseph plasencio
gabrielle racz
lorenzo riddle
jeri rosenbloom
bradley selke
sarah m simental
amy stubberfield
annett tonone
haleigh tutrow
nastassia urnov
evelyn vasquez
jay vichycisht

chelsea albritton
clara allan
crystal armstrong
hallie auerbacr
gracie beal
colleen breen
louisa cambridge
jacob combs
parker conley
olivia corless
arlan dunson
angelice domingier
tirsha dukes
veronica earnhart
jonathan ellington
matt fields
kaiser ford
elizabeth gietema
destinee grimes-culps
christian guzman
oscar guzman
miwako kamado
daisy hermida
annika horne
zac d howard
alan hurtado
jamila jenkins
jason jordan
anthony key
juliann kissell
brendan legas
taylor loudermilk
sophie lynn
shannon mcgahey
garrett miller
channing moore
kacee morales
andreas nussbaumer
michael orozco
felicia rae padilla
erin nicole parisi
brittany pinder
caly pool
lindsey rayl
angelique robinson
randy r ruvalcuba
asuka shimo
avery stock
kevin sweeney
matt torres
trevor trosclair
jeffry valadez
verenice vasquez
chandler wall

abigail achiri
lauren anderson
ian alvey
alexandra aronowitz
olivia barrette
donald bernier
kristin butler
jensen clardy
rebecca combs
stephanie contreras
angela crews
dino dean
jeanne dube
teddi driver
claire ellington
omar fawahl
cristi flores
christine galyean
reyna grantham
adelia gunderson
daisy guzman
vanessa guzman
lauren hamm
kristen hodges
jason d howard
jenna huang
robby ischy
delon m johnson
cathia juarez
lynn kihiu
imanii kolailat
megan loudermilk
jasmine lovings
bill mccarthy
gemma mclarty
jaquel mitchell
toni moore
blake myrin
tonya oakley
lisandra ortega
bryan payne
gino piamonte
joseph plasencio
gabrielle racz
lorenzo riddle
jeri rosenbloom
bradley selke
sarah m simental
amy stubberfield
annett tonone
haleigh tutrow
nastassia urnov
evelyn vasquez
jay vichycisht

chelsea albritton
clara allan
crystal armstrong
hallie auerbacr
gracie beal
colleen breen
louisa cambridge
jacob combs
parker conley
olivia corless
arlan dunson
angelice domingier
tirsha dukes
veronica earnhart
jonathan ellington
matt fields
kaiser ford
elizabeth gietema
destinee grimes-culps
christian guzman
oscar guzman
miwako kamado
daisy hermida
annika horne
zac d howard
alan hurtado
jamila jenkins
jason jordan
anthony key
juliann kissell
brendan legas
taylor loudermilk
sophie lynn
shannon mcgahey
garrett miller
channing moore
kacee morales
andreas nussbaumer
michael orozco
felicia rae padilla
erin nicole parisi
brittany pinder
caly pool
lindsey rayl
angelique robinson
randy r ruvalcuba
asuka shimo
avery stock
kevin sweeney
matt torres
trevor trosclair
jeffry valadez
verenice vasquez
chandler wall

very special thanks (mr flynn's team)

jean cole
aaron flynn
margaret luttrell
pam luttrell
kelsang pelkyong
bonnie watson
shanti webb

special thanks

carolyn and michael collier bradley
dr julie clardy
eddie eason
jan larson
bob montgomery
sharon ann parisi
kathleen a raymond
shaun o'brien
bryan barnett
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