The Dust Factory
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"Making The Dust Factory" is a far too brief look at the movie with the cast and crew talking about it and their characters with clips.
There are two deleted scenes that include one in which Ryan and Melanie move a trunk and another that takes place at the ball. They are both brief and not important but could have easily been kept in.
Also included is a music video for the sappy ballad "Someone Like You," performed by Hayden Panettiere. There is footage of her recording the song with Watt White and clips from the movie.
Finally, there is a theatrical trailer.
The Dust Factory is a rare film that champions imagination without irony. The two young actors are excellent and devoid of annoying child actor tics like mugging for the camera. They deliver heartfelt, believable performances. The movie relies on good old fashioned storytelling which is something you don't see much in kids' films anymore. It eschews modern trappings, like TV, video games and the Internet in favour of collecting baseball cards and gazing at the stars. This gives the film a timeless nature that is refreshing in this day and age.
"The Dust Closet" joins "An Angel for May" and "Restless Spirits" as the best recent examples of this type of film. These films have a hidden depth to their story and storytelling technique that will interest even the most sophisticated viewer-provided that they retain at least some of their childhood capacity for wonder. The weak vote count probably reflects viewers unable or unwilling to deal with a film that requires some mental energy and a few functioning brain cells.
Ryan Flynn (Ryan Kelley) is a teenager who has refused to speak since being traumatized when he saw his father killed at a train crossing. Ryan's father died when Ryan was nine years old, but not before he passed on a passion for astronomy to his son. But now Ryan is having trouble connecting with astronomy, symbolized by his inability to find the man in the moon his father drew for him. Like an impressionist painting, the moonscape becomes meaningless when viewed close up through his new telescope.
Ryan's family takes care of his grandfather (Mueller-Stahl), but Ryan barely knows him because he has had Alzheimer's for a number of years. Ryan hangs out with his best friend Rocky (Michael Angarano), and they communicate fine nonverbally. Rocky does not question Ryan's silence-he just accepts it. Things dramatically change one day when Ryan falls off a bridge and into a lake while roller-blading.Read more ›
it was going through the understanding of human mortality and death. as a kid im sure everyone goes through this phase and its scary to think about and go through.... i guess you can say this movie helped me face my fears with death and helped me get over the feelings of uncertainty that surrounds it ... This movie isn't Dark like i may make it sound even though its has a few darkish and saddening moments. I recommend it for pre-teens and above who are mature enough to touch on the topic of death and dark fantasy. it might be scary for kids younger than preteen. All in all i give this star 5 out of 5 stars for originality and creativeness, and Hayden gives a great performance for a young actress! Now that im 26 i still hold a special place for this movie in my memories.
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The Dust Factory is a somewhere between Malcolm in the Middle days and becoming an adult actress years for Hayden Panettiere who is brilliant as the motivator, make him think... Read morePublished 2 months ago by James N Simpson
This movie was great. Love it. Delivered on time and in great shape. Thank you.Published 8 months ago by Karen Ridge
One of the great unsung family movies that never got discovered. I love this movie. Hayden Panettiere has gone on the become a serious star (Nashville).Published 13 months ago by R. L. Gibson
Innocence is the key word here - great cast, and very well told. Shows caring and concern of one another.Published 13 months ago by Janet B. Cundiff
The movie was okay but not something to brag.
I am a fan of Hayden Panettiere. I like her more when she played in other movies like "I Love You, Beth Cooper" and... Read more
I got a used dvd- it didn't come with the case ( was disappointment about that ) the movie is great story for kids getting over deaths. the movie gets 5 starsPublished 20 months ago by JG