Winter Solstice


1h 30m 2004

Brief Synopsis

Jim Winters is a widower raising two teenage sons in a modest New Jersey home where the unspoken presence of the boys' mother--killed in a car accident five years earlier--lingers with a quiet intensity. Gabe, the oldest son, wants nothing more than to get out of the New Jersey suburbs and start a n

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2004
Distribution Company
Paramount Vantage
Location
New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Synopsis

Jim Winters is a widower raising two teenage sons in a modest New Jersey home where the unspoken presence of the boys' mother--killed in a car accident five years earlier--lingers with a quiet intensity. Gabe, the oldest son, wants nothing more than to get out of the New Jersey suburbs and start a new life in Florida, even if it means leaving behind his girlfriend Stacey, his younger brother Peter and his father, who has tried to be strong for his boys, but still clearly misses his wife. Jim doesn't have a clue that Gabe wants to leave town. He's busy trying to run a small landscaping business and keeps Pete on track to finish high school, something at which Pete's teacher Mr. Bricker is working hard as well. Pete is increasingly restless and at odds with nearly everyone around him. He's certainly not about to open up about surviving the crash that took his mother, and his father and brother aren't comfortable enough to let out their emotions about her very "present" absence either. The emotional impasse is about to be bridged when Molly Ripken moves into the quiet little community to housesit for a friend. Molly borrows a dolly from Jim, and when she returns it, she invites him and his boys to dinner as a gesture of thanks. With this subtle act of boldness, Molly ignites a spark in Jim that he'd long since let die. When the night of the dinner rolls around, the boys ditch their dad so he is forced to go alone. It turns out that a meal alone with Molly helps crack open this man of steel and gets him to start shedding his "super dad" front. It hasn't been easy being both parents and confiding in Molly unleashes Jim's frustrations, gets him talking about his past, and starts preparing him for his present. After dinner, Jim returns home to find his boys still out. He decides that if they want independence, he's going to help them. In fact, if they want to stay out all night, they can sleep out all night too; and with that, he tosses their mattresses and bedding on the front lawn. In the morning, the reality of Gabe's decision to leave home and Pete's growing rebelliousness still linger, but Jim's got a new spring in his step.

Crew

Jody Asnes

Production Designer

Wesley Battle

Best Boy Grip

Sam Beam

Song

Doug Bernheim

Music Supervisor

Doug Bernheim

Producer

Jon Bernier

Office Production Assistant

Leslie Bloome

Foley Artist

Ethan Borsuk

Loader

Harlan Bosmajian

Director Of Photography

Michael W Brennan

Best Boy Electric

Liza Case

Office Runner

Don Cerrone

Key Grip

Don Ciana

Color Timer

Alvaro Cuello

Production Assistant

Kat Donahue

Location Assistant

Matt Dowd

Set Production Assistant

David Dreishspoon

Craft Service

Angela Dufresne

Scenic Artist

Tom Efinger

Sound Supervisor

Tom Efinger

Recording Engineer

Kevin Flynn

Transportation Captain

Lauren Fritz

Assistant Location Manager

Tim Gallin

Stunt Coordinator

James Geyer

Scenic Artist

Bryan J Goetzinger

Set Production Assistant

Erika Goyzueta

Wardrobe Supervisor

Eitan Hakami

Advisor

Amanda Harding

Casting Director

Marco Henry

Assistant

Milly Itzhak

Assistant Camera

Meredith Jacobson-marciano

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Stephen Jensen

Production Assistant

Eric Johnson

Production Assistant

J Jolley

Song

Martin L Jones

Grip

Lisa Kent

Set Decorator

Amanda Koblin

Casting Director

Heidi Kulow

Makeup Artist

Anthony Lapaglia

Executive Producer

Tom Lavecchia

On-Set Dresser

John Leventhal

Music Producer

John Leventhal

Music Composer

John Limotte

Producer

Stephanie Marquardt

Script Supervisor

Hunter Marshall

Caterer

Michael Masarof

Production Assistant

Michelle J Mayas

Charge Scenic Painter

Bruno Michels

Set Production Assistant

Brian Miksis

Sound Mixer

John Mitchell

Swing

Nicholas Montgomery

Sound Designer

Jonah Oskow

Production Assistant

George Paaswell

Coproducer

George Paaswell

Unit Production Manager

Julio Pabone

Set Production Assistant

Tina Pacheco

Assistant Editor

Heather Patton

Wardrobe Assistant

Donna Paul

On-Set Dresser

Jodi Peikoff

Executive Producer

Diego Pina

Craft Service

Myk Porter

Song

James Price

Location Manager

Hakim Quest

Unit Manager

Aton Roberts

Production Assistant

Corey Roberts

Production Assistant

Jeffrey C S Robinson

Production Assistant

Larry Ryle

Photography

John Sayre

Song

Nate Scaglione

Swing

Aimee Schlectman

Wardrobe

Robert Sciretta

Gaffer

Brian Sheratt

Hair Stylist

Dylan Sheridan

Property Master

Christine Skubish

Scenic Artist

Amanda Slater

Assistant Director

Amanda Slater

Associate Producer

Steven R Smith

Sound

Craig Spencer

Dialogue Editor

Josh Sternfeld

Screenplay

Anita Sum

Production Coordinator

Patricia Sztaba

Negative Cutter

Stan Sztaba

Negative Cutter

Roxy Toporowych

Assistant Property Master

Bill Trautvetter

Camera Operator

Ron Travisano

Assistant Camera

M Traxler

Song

Alfonso Trinidad

Assistant Director

Plummy Tucker

Editor

Joe Violante

Camera Coordinator

Michael L. Walker

Assistant Director

Tom Wallin

Production Accountant

Karl Wasserman

Boom Operator

Paola Weintraub

Costume Designer

Dan Wesson

Boom Operator

Jimmy Zelinger

Titles

David Zimmerman

Caterer

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2004
Distribution Company
Paramount Vantage
Location
New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 2005

Released in United States January 2005

Released in United States May 2004

Released in United States on Video September 13, 2005

Released in United States Spring April 8, 2005

Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival (World Cinema Now) January 6-17, 2005.

Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival January 28-February 6, 2005.

Shown at Tribeca Film Festival May 1-9, 2004.

Paramount Classics paid just under $1 million for distribution rights.

Project was developed at the 2001 Sundance Institute's Screenwriter's Lab.

Project is the feature writing and directing debut for Josh Sternfeld.

Released in United States 2005 (Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival January 28-February 6, 2005.)

Released in United States January 2005 (Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival (World Cinema Now) January 6-17, 2005.)

Released in United States Spring April 8, 2005

Released in United States May 2004 (Shown at Tribeca Film Festival May 1-9, 2004.)

Released in United States on Video September 13, 2005