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Finger Paint Cinema presents
Seldom Dreaming
a film by Chris Ereneta

Seldom Dreaming is an independent feature film shot in San Jose, CA, starring Mary Jackman, Mark Anderson Phillips, and Tim Ereneta, with music by Michael Kroll. It was written, produced, and directed by Chris Ereneta, with the assistance of hundreds of volunteers, donors, and friends.

Seldom Dreaming screened in 1996 at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, and the Independent Feature Film Market in New York.

Seldom Dreaming is viewable online at Vimeo.


When Carrie (Mary Jackman) and Kevin (Tim Ereneta) were ten years old, they were whisked away on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to a magical faraway land called Seldom.

Years later, as Carrie returns home from college, Kevin confronts her with an unexpected possibility. He believes he has found a way to return to Seldom, this time for good. His quest to escape the adult world challenges Carrie as a writer and as an individual, and reignites old conflicts with another friend, Eric (Mark Anderson Phillips), over the life choices Kevin has made.

Set in a faceless, spare, and claustrophobic suburbia, Seldom Dreaming explores themes of purpose and belonging, of real and unreal expectations, and of the gap between the life one imagines for one's self and the life one truly leads.


Mary Jackman, Mark Anderson Phillips, Tim Ereneta
music by Michael Kroll
director of photography Rider Siphron
line producer Jim McSilver
written, produced, and directed by Chris Ereneta

also starring
Sarah Almazol, Phil Dumesnil, Wendy Howard-Benham, Taylor Howes, Jill Schneider, Karen Simpson, Trish Tillman, with Mike D'Angelo, Chanelle Desautels, Ryan Toone, Diana Torres Koss, Paul Silverman

short story by Tanya Ward
illustrations by Tim Ereneta
poster design Jef Loyola

associate producer Christa Dahlstrom
unit production manager Kerry Shea
first assistant director Jim McSilver
first assistant camera Fernando James Orozco / Jeff Yana
second assistant camera Eli S. Brown
gaffer Melissa Roth / Damon Furberg
best boy John Milne
key grip Roy Barnes
sound mixer Tom Baker
boom operator Matt Young
steadicam operator Mike Elwell
script supervisor Mike D'Angelo
dialogue coach Paul Silverman
production designer Miriam Schalit
wardrobe Maura L. Burns
property assistant Marshelle Williams
assistant unit production manager Jennifer Savage
second assistant director Ted Kroeber
transportation coordinator David Kenigsberg
lead driver Michael Goldberger
catering & craft service Eileen Walsh / Bill Ereņeta
key production assistant David Maurer
assistants to the producer Kristin Rusk / Matt Young

Official Reviews

"Determinedly minor." --Dennis Harvey, Weekly Variety

Viewer Reaction

"Seldom Dreaming is about the little fantasies and dreams of escape that get you through your day of work. It's about how dreams damage love and threaten your survival. It's about what you can do instead." -- Jed Bell

"Unconnected desire all over the place." -- Scott Johnson

"A three-day thinker." -- Danicka Hildreth, age 10

"A film that rewards careful attention." -- Jim Kallett

"Your film has given me a great deal to think about, and I know I will be discussing it with friends, not fortunate to have seen it as I did, for a long time to come."-- Gilbert A. Hansen

"I left the theater challenged and amused, mulling over my attitudes toward art, imagination, life and loyalty." -- Brynn Craffey

"In the end I find I have a lot of questions to be answered by myself." -- Gilbert A. Hansen

"Seldom Dreaming blends the real and the imaginary, the mundane and the visionary into a thought-provoking story that is both well acted and beautifully filmed." -- Brynn Craffey

"You have given me a gift of introspection. You have given me questions and emotions to deal with. You have given me, along with all of those you worked with to make this film, necessity for thought!" -- Gilbert A. Hansen

"I experienced Seldom as an ethereal place, jumbled in Carrie's memory, just barely out of reach." -- Kim Hallahan

"The movie winds up assessing the Gen X situation of mundaneness and despair in an invigorating, non-desperate way. The four central characters represent both parts of the X demographic--the tenuously middle-class and the already broke--and the whole range of strategies: building soda-can pyramids at an office job, hoping to write and not doing it, and fantasizing the total, impossible escape." -- Jed Bell

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Producer's Circle ($500+)

Judy & Peter Dahlstrom
Bill Ereneta
Rose Ereneta
Carol & Jack Ghiselli
Richard Jackman
Susan Pritzker
Lynn Schnitzer
Craig & Stephanie Shemin
Eileen Walsh
Hélène Wickett

Director's Circle

Jeannie & Tae Ahn
Mary & Bill Barmettler
Christina Hoppin
Bob & Kim Hallahan
Dana & Brian Lanier
William Orrange
Mary & Steve Silverman
William E. Walsh

Screenwriter's Circle ($100+)

Clayton & Maureen Barbeau
Nancy L. Bishop
Hannah Buchdahl
Mary, Tom & Chris Carson
Helen Chandra
Community Ministry
Jay Dahlstrom
Rub & Bonna Dahlstrom
Nancy Fishman
Richard C. Fry
Maureen Godar
Gilbert A. Hansen
Jane Henson
David Howell
Rebecca Johnson &
Jim Hall
Paige & David Kenigsberg
Ted Knapp-Duncan
Tom &
Jackie Lauer
Phil Lenihan
Tom Maitre
Amy McClellan & Jeff Faunce
Roberta Notrangelo
Deirdre Nurre
Caroline Okano
Patti & Walt Phillips
James Rauen
Rich & Kathy Robinson
Robinson Communications
Mark Roulo
Juanita Sanchez
Howard Simon
Don & Linda Smith
Daniel & Michael Sweeney
Bruce Teatrowe
J. Warren Trezevant
Janet Wolff
Donna J. Wotton
Mimi & Steve Young

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Matt Boulton
Tom Carpenter
Luella Collins & Kathryn Kimball
Owen Dolan
Sue & Chris Flaherty
Geri Freeman
Matt Friedman
Mary Gazzerro
Tony Hale
Mike Jackman, Joan Levison & Caleb Jackman
Ellie & Dave Kehmeier
Gene Kershner
Sharon Kroeber
J. Tony Smith
Bea Virga
Chris Walsh
Celebrities' Circle

Linda Anderson
Shirley Beall
Kurt Bedell
Ina Burd
Betty Ann Burns
Vivian J. Carter
Jackie Cosentino
Bobbi Coyle-Hennessey
Ernie &
Mary Coz
John D'Avolio
David & Jean Dahlstrom
Jennifer Dahlstrom
Andy & Sondra Davis
Marilyn Dumesnil
Epicenter & Friends
Roselyn Ereneta
Jane Farrell
Jerry & Sandy Farrell
Phillip Feemster
Janet & Robert Ferrera
Scott Figgins
Bobbie & Al Fischler
Sandra Furey
Brian Glenn
Marilyn & Al Glynn
Geoff Goodfellow
Rachel Hamilton
Doris & Dennis Harrold
Yvonne Head
Sandra Hyllengren
Julie & Mike Kane
Matt Knoth
Mya Kramer & Jef Loyola
Mary & Terry Lanier
Chris Lee
John Logan
Lynn Martinelli & Rob Wittig
Albert McFarland
Marli Medinnus
Rob Murray
Ann Murphy
JoAnn Nazarenus
Patricia K. Page
Alice & George Pratte
Kristin Rusk
JoEllen Ruvoli
Jennifer Savage
Adam Schnitzer
Philip R. Smith
John H. and Jeanne Strasser
John Stuart
Janis L. Taylor
Fred & Gene Van Sickle
Susan & David Vitali
Bill Walsh
Jeff & Laynee Wild
Patricia & Richard Wocasek
Art & Patty Young
Margot Zahner

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Tim Alderete
Tom & Judy Alessandri
Kathy & Edgar Almazol
Kerry Lenihan Baz
Dina Berman
Nancy Bublitz
Stacy Braslau-Schneck & David Schneck
John & Barbara Byrne
Robert Cribari
Lee Dean
Gigi Dornfest
Tanya Geddes
Alan Goodman
Doreen & David Gurola
Steve Haney
Jerry Hausman
Barbara & Chris Hoppin
Jim Hoppin
John Hoppin
Ted Johnson
Maureen & Bill Keane
Mary Khelil
Don & Barbara Kohles
Dennis Kohles
Kate Mayer & Rab Hagy
Mary & Clark McCain
Ilyse & Glen Mohr
Jack & Sally Movido
Joan Ohanneson
Ginny Pohlman
Emily Popper
Carol D. Rogers
Michael Rohd
Debbie Rosenfield
Shelley Scott
Margo Scholl & Rob Ballmer
Paul Silverman
Jim Strickler
William Virga
David Wallace
Meredith Zinner
Key Grips ($15+)

J. D. Alderete
In Memory of Jack Bartholic
Maureen Bennett
Angela Boos
Steve Brown
Anne Bruns
Victor Chi
Sally Collins
Cheryl Dumesnil & Mick Markham
Tim Ereneta
Pat Helin
Karin, Merle, & Janey Kemp
Patty Hoppin Mohler & Bill Mohler
Kristi & Mike Momont
David Orris
Lynne Pitagora
Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Davis Rockwell
Jeannine Rose-Meidinger
Chip Rowe
Jennifer Yanez-Pastor

Production Assistants

Alan H. Beer
Maureen Driggs
Karen Gonzales
River Jackson
Edith Johnson
Ted Kroeber
Terry & Steve Kurani
Larry Lagier, AIA
Ronald & Marjorie Lopiccolo
Michele Moreno
Sheila Moriarty
Beryl Phelps
Danielle Quilici
Production Services Donors

American Zoetrope
Post-Production Facility

Arthur Freyer
Lighting Services

Mike Elwell
Steadicam Operator

Film Synching and Editing

Rough House Editorial
Off Line Video Editing

Other Business Donors

ABBA Medical
San Jose

AJ Services

Willow Glen

Arena Hotel
San Jose

Bread of Life (Whole Foods)

Camera Cinemas
San Jose/Los Gatos

Captain's Cove Motel

Cardiff Garden Apartments

Carlos Murphy's

Econo Lodge of Silicon Valley
Santa Clara

Erik's DeliCafe
Almaden Expwy

Good Earth

House of Bagels

PageNet of San Jose

Pier 1 Imports
Saratoga Ave at Lawrence Expwy


Round Table Pizza
Hamilton & San Tomas Expwy

Safeway Select Beverages

Spoons Grill & Bar
Bascom at Hamilton


Zebra Copy
Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road

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