Spinning Into Butter (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Spinning Into Butter (2008)
  • Rate: 4.0/10 total 448 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Runtime: 86 min
  • Filming Location: Brooklyn College, City University of New York, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
  • Gross: $5,534(USA)(29 March 2009)
  • Director: Mark Brokaw
  • Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Miranda Richardson and Victor Rasuk
  • Original Music By: Mark Davis  David Van Tieghem   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby
  • Plot Keyword: College | Minority | Vermont | Student | Campus

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Doug Atchison  writer
  • Rebecca Gilman  play
  • Rebecca Gilman  writer

Known Trivia

    Plot: A hate crime on the campus of a New England college puts the school's dean (Parker) in a position where she has to examine her own feelings about race and prejudice, while maintaining her administration's politically correct policies. Full summary »  »

    Story: Sarah Daniels taught in a Lancaster school and developed deep prejudice against minorities, especially blacks. She decided to re-locate to Belmont, Vermont with the hopes that it will be 'all white', and gets hired in Belmont College. She does not disclose her past to anyone, but when an African-American student, Simon Brick, becomes the victim of hate crime, she soon realizes that not only will her past return to haunt her, she will be expected to be the liaison person for the minorities, as well as be asked to prepare a 10-point bullet-ed list to resolve racism.Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)  


    Synopsis: Sarah Daniels teaches in Lancaster where the majority of students are of color, mostly black. She soon develops a deep prejudice, hatred, and even fear of blacks, and even avoids sitting next to black men while traveling on the subway. When she finds out about a vacancy in Belmont College in Vermont, a community she believes is predominantly white, she re-locates there.

    Once there, she does not disclose her prejudice about blacks and settles down to teach her students.

    But her past will come to revisit after a black student, Simon Brick, becomes the target of a hate crime. The administration of Belmont College respond by staging a forum, and paying some ‘lip service’. But after more incidents take place against Simon, and with heavy media presence, the administration, who has already labeled her as a ‘minority liaison’, ask her to prepare a ten point list to resolve racism.

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    Produced By:

    • Timothy Bird known as associate producer
    • Mark Davis known as executive producer
    • Daniel Hank known as co-producer
    • Roger Howe known as executive producer
    • Ryan Howe known as producer
    • Sarah Jessica Parker known as producer
    • Lou Pitt known as producer
    • Norman Twain known as producer
    • Sophie Waterhouse known as associate producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Sarah Jessica Parker known as Sarah Daniels
    • Miranda Richardson known as Dean Catherine Kenney
    • Victor Rasuk known as Patrick Chibas
    • Jake M. Smith known as Jason
    • Becky Ann Baker known as Ruby
    • Daniel Eric Gold known as Nathan
    • Richard Riehle known as Paul Meyers
    • Paul James known as Simon Brick
    • Beau Bridges known as Dean Burton Strauss
    • Peter Friedman known as Jay Salter
    • Jessi Campbell known as Lindsey
    • Emma Myles known as Anika
    • Enver Gjokaj known as Greg Sullivan
    • DeWanda Wise known as Claudia Thompson
    • Jimonn Cole known as Tyler Hogan
    • Genevieve Elam known as Rita Chambers
    • Mykelti Williamson known as Aaron Carmichael
    • Harry Zittel known as Reid
    • Betsy Beutler known as Lee
    • James Rebhorn known as President Winston Garvey
    • George Merritt known as Chaplain Eugene Scott
    • Linda Powell known as Ellen Jenkins
    • Matt Servitto known as Mike Olsen
    • Woody Boley known as Sam
    • Michelle Beck known as Sasha
    • Joel Johnstone known as Eric Aller
    • Sophia Chang known as Masako
    • Maggie Moore known as Bartender
    • John Scherer known as Reporter #2
    • Utkarsh Ambudkar known as Nick
    • Jennifer Rapp known as Lori
    • Zach Wegner known as Deadhead #1
    • Orlagh Cassidy known as CNN Reporter
    • Lem Dunnigan known as Male Student #1
    • Tracee Beazer known as Female Student #1
    • Bambadjan Bamba known as Male Student #2
    • Catherine Crier known as Herself
    • Zach Silverman known as Student Jogger
    • Derrick Williams known as Homeless Man
    • Philip Adkins known as College Student Being Interviewed (uncredited)
    • Margaret Baker known as Anika's deadhead friend (uncredited)
    • Brian J. Bentz known as Student Forum Member (uncredited)
    • Matt Blumm known as Townie #2 (uncredited)
    • Richard Cunningham III known as Dorm Student (uncredited)
    • Joseph DeBona known as Photographer (uncredited)
    • Angela Frye known as Woman with Stroller (uncredited)
    • Christopher Michael Gerrard known as Matthew (uncredited)
    • Joey Giambattista known as Belmont Student (uncredited)
    • Rusty Gray known as Professor Shawn (uncredited)
    • Olja Hrustic known as Student (uncredited)
    • Garrett Hughes known as Racist Jock (uncredited)
    • Amelia Kallman known as Jana (uncredited)
    • Lara Kulpa known as Forum Member (uncredited)
    • Kostas Kurelias known as Dormitory Student (uncredited)
    • Linda Lee known as Dormitory Student (uncredited)
    • Ace Marrero known as Student Forum Member (uncredited)
    • Angus McEwan known as Deadhead (uncredited)
    • Robert L. Mickles known as Student Fourm Member (uncredited)
    • Lee Miller known as University Student (uncredited)
    • Kevin Momenee known as Jock (uncredited)
    • Genia Morgan known as Interviewed Black Student Forum Member (uncredited)
    • Erik-Anders Nilsson known as Lead Campus Protester (uncredited)
    • Dan O'Brien known as Townie #1 (uncredited)
    • Michelle Joan Papillion known as College Student (uncredited)
    • Johary Ramos known as Campus Student (uncredited)
    • Michael Redding known as College Student Forum Member (uncredited)
    • Michael Ryan Redding known as Student Forum Member (uncredited)
    • Josh Roseberry known as Hooded Thug (uncredited)
    • Cassandra Seidenfeld known as BSU Student (uncredited)
    • Joe Sernio known as College Student (uncredited)
    • Derrick Simmons known as Bumper (uncredited)
    • Kelly Taffe known as Reporter (uncredited)
    • Eric Tonken known as Student (uncredited)
    • Jake Weisz known as Student (uncredited)
    • Morgan White known as (uncredited)

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    • Lacey Cope known as assistant makeup artist
    • John Jack Curtin known as assistant hair stylist (as Jack Curtin)
    • Suzanne DeSimone known as makeup artist
    • Richard F. Esposito known as hair stylist
    • Persefone Karakosta known as assistant makeup artist
    • Mandy Lyons known as personal hair stylist: Sarah Jessica Parker
    • Elizabeth Martinelli known as hair stylist
    • Sanna Riley known as additional makeup artist
    • Lizz Scalice known as key hair stylist
    • Nuria Sitja known as makeup artist: Sarah Jessica Parker

    Art Department:

    • Jill Albanese known as journeyman scenic artist
    • Jill Alexander known as property master
    • Peter Allburn known as chargehand scenic artist
    • Anna Butwell known as additional props
    • Jessica Dalrymple known as journeyman scenic artist
    • Daniel Fisher known as on-set dresser
    • Katie Kemsley known as co-lead scenic artist
    • Richard Laurenzi known as journeyman scenic artist
    • Maddy Lederman known as assistant property master
    • Lynn Maffessoli known as journeyman scenic artist
    • Michele Mayas known as camera scenic artist
    • Michael Newport known as set dresser
    • Cory Parker known as set dresser
    • Gerarda Pizzarello known as journeyman scenic artist
    • Mary Prlain known as set dresser
    • Kevin L. Raper known as graphic designer
    • Dave Reardon known as leadman
    • Danny Rovira known as construction coordinator
    • Sherryl Sachs known as journeyman scenic artist
    • Michelle Schluter-Ford known as art department coordinator
    • Josephine Shokrian known as art department coordinator: preproduction
    • David Silber known as key carpenter
    • Dennis Tillberg known as journeyman scenic artist
    • William Van Vliet known as scenic artist
    • William VanVliet known as journeyman scenic
    • James Younis known as art department intern


    Production Companies:

    • Whitsett Hill Films
    • Norman Twain Productions

    Other Companies:

    • Camera Service Center  production equipment
    • D.R. Reiff & Associates  insurance
    • Kee Casting  extras casting
    • Media Services  payroll
    • Mercury Sound Studios  post sound services
    • Panavision  cameras and lenses
    • Post Factory NY  post-production facilities
    • PostWorks, The Lab  processing
    • Postworks New York  dailies
    • SportsBrandedMedia  product placement
    • Tribe Road Catering  catering
    • Vocal Yokels  loop group


    • Screen Media Films (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Laptv (2009) (Argentina) (TV)

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    Special Effects:

    • Brainstorm Digital

    Visual Effects by:

    • Glenn Allen known as visual effects producer: Brainstorm Digital
    • Richard Friedlander known as visual effects producer: Brainstorm Digital
    • Eric J. Robertson known as visual effects supervisor: Brainstorm Digital
    • Scott Winston known as compositing supervisor: Brainstorm Digital

    Release Date:

    • France 17 May 2007 (Cannes Film Market)
    • Australia 16 July 2008 (DVD premiere)
    • USA 27 March 2009 (limited)
    • Argentina 22 April 2009 (TV premiere)
    • USA 9 June 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Spain 16 August 2009 (TV premiere)
    • Germany 29 January 2011 (TV premiere)

    MPAA: Rated R for language


    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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