Towelhead


1h 56m 2008

Brief Synopsis

When Jasira, a 13-year-old Arab-American girl, is exiled by her mother to live with her strict Lebanese father in Houston, she quickly learns that her new neighbors find her and her father odd and exotic. Worse, her budding womanhood makes her traditional and hot-tempered father uncomfortable. Lonel

Film Details

Also Known As
Nothing is Private, Untitled Alan Ball Project
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Adaptation
Dark Comedy
Drama
Teens
Release Date
2008
Production Company
Celluloid Dreams; Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment, Inc.; Cinefinance; Deluxe Motion Picture Catering; Fly Studios; Indian Paintbrush; Orbit Digital; Panavision, Ltd.; Paskal Lighting; Pivotal Post; Post Factoryny; Red Envelope Entertainment; Ross Miller; Scott Rudin Productions; Sessions Payroll Management, Inc.; Technicolor; Technicolor Digital Intermediates; The Post Factory; The Village; This Is That
Distribution Company
Warner Independent Pictures (WIP); Benelux Film Distributors; Filmcompagniet; Les Films Séville; SF Studios; Sf Norge; Tfm Distribution; Tiglon A.S.; Videa S.P.A; Village Roadshow Limited; Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group; Warner Independent Pictures
Location
Houston, Texas, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 56m

Synopsis

When Jasira, a 13-year-old Arab-American girl, is exiled by her mother to live with her strict Lebanese father in Houston, she quickly learns that her new neighbors find her and her father odd and exotic. Worse, her budding womanhood makes her traditional and hot-tempered father uncomfortable. Lonely in this unfamiliar environment, Jasira seeks to connect with those around her and finds both comfort and cruelty. Discovering that her ethnicity and newfound sexuality make her a target, Jasira must confront racism and hypocrisy both at home and at school. Jasira is drawn to her Army reservist neighbor, Mr. Vuoso, who captivates her attention with his stacks of men's magazines and confusing sweet talk. As she struggles to make sense of her raging hormones, she finds friendship and physical intimacy with an older schoolmate, Thomas. But even that relationship causes problems when her father discovers that Thomas is black. Driven by a deep longing for affection and acceptance, Jasira becomes the embodiment of the racial, sexual and political agendas of these very different men in her life--her father with his old world ideas of women; her dangerously alluring neighbor, Mr. Vuoso, and Thomas, who offers the promise of some feeling of connection through sex. When Melina, a concerned neighbor and expectant mother, tries to help her, Jasira's explosive situation comes to a head.

Crew

Benny Acevedo

Foreman

Gregg Allman

Song Performer

Brandon Aly

Song

Luis Ambriz

Craft Service

Isaac Amondson

On-Set Dresser

Brian Andrew-tunstall

Hair

Gary Arabia

Caterer

Ismael Araujo

Grip

Erica Arbelaez

Costumes

Ricarda Arcega

Caterer

Marie Josee Auclair

Digital Effects Artist

Alan Ball

Screenplay

Alan Ball

Producer

Brian Banks

Hair

Evelyne Barbier

Set Designer

Adrian Belew

Song

Frank P Bellina

Assistant Property Master

Robert Berman

Assistant Editor

Bill Bernstein

Consultant

William Berry

Song

Andrew Birdzell

Art Department

Kara Blanchard

Assistant

Jean-pierre Boies

Visual Effects Supervisor

Jean-pierre Boies

Digital Effects Artist

Michael Book

Rigging Electrician

Jill Borba

Location Assistant

Josh Borgese

Greensman

Alasdair Boyd

Location Manager

Paul Brady

Electrician

Christopher Branan

Props

Anthony Bregman

Executive Producer

Edie Brickell

Song

Greg Brooks

Dolly Grip

Maxine Brooks

Tutor

Peter Buck

Song

Craig Budrick

Colorist

Joseph Bunting

Production Executive

Charley Bob Burnham

Transportation Coordinator

Al Burton

Transportation Captain

John Bush

Song

Chris Byron

Digital Effects Artist

Kami Calevro

Accounting Assistant

Jon Callesen

Best Boy Electric

Ernie Camacho

Film Lab

James Cantoni

Driver

Tom Cantrell

Electrician

Anne Carey

Executive Producer

Jaime Carrillo

Foreman

Jean Carson

Costumer

Rachel Chapman

Assistant

Chris Chesney

Driver

James Chinlund

Production Designer

Darin Chisholm

Driver

Marjorie Chodorov

Production Accountant

Jose Luis Cinseros

Driver

Sarah Clifford

Animal Trainer

George Clinton Jr.

Song

Kenneth Closson

Rigging Electrician

Alison Cohen

Legal Services

Alison Cohen

Legal Services

Vidal Cohen

Key Grip

Dennis A Coleman

Driver

Jesse Coley

Stand-In

Tony Colton

Song

James W Combs

Driver

Brad Comfort

Production

Lawrence L. Commans

Boom Operator

Raymond Consing

Storyboard Artist

William Constantine

Painter

Michael Counts

Set Production Assistant

Bill Cowley

Assistant Sound Editor

Herman Cox

Accountant

Marsha Craig

Tutor

Aiden Crawford

Office Production Assistant

Tonya Cryer

Hair

Brandon Cunningham

Lighting Technician

Dennis Curlett Jr.

Set Production Assistant

Lisa Chu Dietze

Assistant Director

Michael Digiovanni

Rigging Grip

Tim Donelan

On-Set Dresser

Joe Dornich

Production Assistant

Greg Doyle

Accountant

Pierre Dudan

Song

Tulio Duenas

Camera Assistant

Jason Duenkel

Best Boy Grip

Mike Duffy

Camera Assistant

Michael Duisenberg

Stand-In

Jim Dunbar

Music Coordinator

Michael S Duncan

Props

Robert Duncan

Set Production Assistant

Rosie Duprat-fort

Makeup

Wadih El Safi

Song Performer

Alicia Erian

Source Material

Eduardo H. Esparza

Propman

Juan Esparza

Painter

Patrick Faille

Cgi Artist

Andrew Farriss

Song

Mark W. Fay

Sound Department

Jonathan Ferrantelli

Post-Production Supervisor

Bill Fine

Rigging Gaffer

Johnny Fine

Electrician

Carl Fischer

Song Performer

Christopher M Fisher

Camera Assistant

Amanda Flick

Painter

Ricki Fournier

Costumer

Juana Franklin

Assistant Director

Chris Frantz

Song

Maria Frasca

Stand-In

Elisabeth Fry

Makeup

Dan Fulton

Sound Department

Serge Gainsbourg

Song Performer

Serge Gainsbourg

Song

John Garrett

Assistant Camera

Lonnie Gatlin

Best Boy Electric

David Gavurin

Song

Simon Georgiou

Painter

Seamus Gibbons

Caterer

Roland Gift

Song

Kelli Gillam

Post-Production Accountant

Mariusz Glabinski

Sound Designer

Danny Glicker

Costume Designer

Michael Godinez

Stand-In

Brian Godshall

Legal Services

Avram D Gold

Supervising Sound Editor

Libby Goldstein

Casting Director

Juan Gonzalez

Caterer

David Goodman

Driver

Diana Goodwin

Art Department Coordinator

Cathy Graham

Rigging Grip

Marlena Grzaslewicz

Supervising Sound Editor

Jonathan Hall

Set Production Assistant

Steven Hanks

Greensman

Fred M Hann

Advisor

Eddie Hazel

Song

Shelly Helgeson

Set Production Assistant

Elizabeth Himelstein

Dialect Coach

Khris Hirsch

Caterer

Justin Holdsworth

Electrician

Paul Hooper

Song

Ted Hope

Producer

John Houser

Song

Michael Hutchence

Song

Noga Isackson

Assistant Director

Gary Jackson

Driver

Mimi Jafari

Hair

Christian James

Driver

Per Jansson

Driver

David B Jarrell

Rigging Gaffer

Jimmy Jensen

Assistant Camera

Kate Jesse

Boom Operator

Greg Johnson

Prosthetic Makeup

Trent Johnson

Color Correction

Christina Jokanovich

Associate Producer

Woo Joun

Production

Salwa Al Katreeb

Song Performer

Andy Keir

Editor

Cameron Keith

Office Production Assistant

Roger Kelton

Construction Coordinator

Jina Kim

Production Secretary

Jason King

Sound Effects Editor

Scott Kitchen

Props

Dan Korintus

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Steven J Kovalesky

Best Boy Electric

Terry Kramer

Rigging Electrician

Robert E Krattiger

Gaffer

Ritchie Kremer

Property Master

Andy Kris

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Romeo Lahoud

Song

Eloy Lara Jr.

Medic

Joanna Lara

Production Coordinator

Marie Larkin

Hair Stylist

Fannie Laroche

Visual Effects

Simon Law

Song

Fred Lee

Production

Mykola Leontovich

Song

Ross Levy

Sound Department

J J Linsalata

Assistant Director

Elie Littauer

Driver

Mike Locke

Driver

Rafael Lopez

Foreman

Jose Lopez Alaves

Song

Gabriella Ludlow

Legal Services

Chris Lum

Medic

John Lynch

Best Boy Grip

Fainche Maccarthy

Set Decorator

Larry Mah

Score Recording

Damon Marcellino

Electrician

Monica Martin

Props

Johnny Mathis

Song Performer

Carl Maultsby

Props

Michael Mayerson

Legal Services

Mickey Mayerson

Legal Services

Crystal Mcalerney

Assistant Production Coordinator

Andrea Mcgee

Set Production Assistant

Bob Mckee

Transportation

Richard J Mclean

Painter

Nilo Menendez

Song

Ross Meyerson

Casting Associate

Guy Michaels

Driver

Charlotte Mickie

Other

Film Details

Also Known As
Nothing is Private, Untitled Alan Ball Project
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Adaptation
Dark Comedy
Drama
Teens
Release Date
2008
Production Company
Celluloid Dreams; Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment, Inc.; Cinefinance; Deluxe Motion Picture Catering; Fly Studios; Indian Paintbrush; Orbit Digital; Panavision, Ltd.; Paskal Lighting; Pivotal Post; Post Factoryny; Red Envelope Entertainment; Ross Miller; Scott Rudin Productions; Sessions Payroll Management, Inc.; Technicolor; Technicolor Digital Intermediates; The Post Factory; The Village; This Is That
Distribution Company
Warner Independent Pictures (WIP); Benelux Film Distributors; Filmcompagniet; Les Films Séville; SF Studios; Sf Norge; Tfm Distribution; Tiglon A.S.; Videa S.P.A; Village Roadshow Limited; Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group; Warner Independent Pictures
Location
Houston, Texas, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 56m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Feature directorial debut for Alan Ball.

Warner Independent Pictures and Red Envelope jointly acquired North American distribution rights at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival for a reported sum of more than $1 million each.

Released in United States Fall September 12, 2008 (NY, LA)

Released in United States on Video December 30, 2008

Released in United States 2008 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) May 22-June 15, 2008.)

Released in United States January 2008 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Premieres) January 17-27, 2008.)

Nominated for the 2008 Spirit Award for Best Female Lead (Summer Bishil) by Film Independent (FIND).

Released in United States Fall September 12, 2008

Released in United States on Video December 30, 2008

Released in United States 2008

Released in United States January 2008

Released in United States September 2008

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) May 22-June 15, 2008.

Shown at Deauville Festival of American Cinema (Competition) September 5-14, 2008.

Based on the novel "Towelhead" written by Alicia Erian; published by Simon & Schuster April 1, 2005.

Alan Ball optioned the film rights to the novel with his own money.

Released in United States September 2008 (Shown at Deauville Festival of American Cinema (Competition) September 5-14, 2008.)