Children of Invention

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Two young children living outside Boston are left to fend for themselves when their mother gets embroiled in a pyramid scheme and disappears. After being evicted from their home, the Cheng family finds that times are tighter than ever. read more
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Two young children living outside Boston are left to fend for themselves when their mother gets embroiled in a pyramid scheme and disappears. After being evicted from their home, the Cheng family finds that times are tighter than ever. Hardworking single mom and recent Boston transplant Elaine tries desperately to find the means to support her young children, Raymond and Tina. They squat in a model apartment in an unfinished building, but try to maintain a normal life. Elaine juggles a number of jobs, including working for a questionable pyramid scheme. Meanwhile, Raymond and Tina become latch-key kids and find amusement in building childish inventions. When Elaine doesn't return home one night, things take a turn for the worse. Nobody knows the kids are home alone, and they are left to fend for themselves. As the days pass, Raymond realizes he needs to come up with a plan to take care of his little sister. Based on Tze Chun's own award-winning short film, WINDOWBREAKER, which screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, CHILDREN OF INVENTION is a drama about the influence of an adult world on children, the immigrant mentality, and shortcuts to the American dream.

Original Release

03/12/2010

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Cast

Directors

Tze Chun

Writers

Tze Chun

Cast

Stephen Gevedon Rob the Salesman
Cindy Cheung Elaine Cheng
Crystal Chiu Tina Cheng
Kieran Campion Dan
Frank Pando Bruce
Jackson Ning Michael
Remmi Franklin Sheriff
Yan Xi Felicia
Suzan Mikiel Mrs. Cutter
Ruth Zhang Mrs. Chow
Yu Lu Mr. Chow
Ronald Thomas Toystore Manager
Lynn Mastio Rice Betty Cardellini
Katie Kreisler Lucy
Kathleen Kwan Rosemary
Han Tang Nancy
Dustin Sullivan Dennis
Wai Ching Ho Doris
Lee Wong Great Grandpa
Kenneth Lee Charles Cheng

Producers

Diana Barrett Executive Producer
Dan Cogan Executive Producer
Abigail Disney Executive Producer
Barbara Dobkin Executive Producer
Donna Gruneich Executive Producer
Kevin Gruneich Executive Producer
Adriana Mnuchin Executive Producer
David Pottruck Executive Producer
Emily Pottruck Executive Producer
Susan Shopmaker Executive Producer
Jim Swartz Executive Producer
Susan Swartz Executive Producer
Sheila Dvorak Producer
Mynette Louie Producer
Trevor Sagan Producer
Dave Saltzman Producer

Editors

Anna Boden

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