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"Unmistakably human in its warmth, an indie road movie that runs like clockwork." -- IFC.com

When technophile Sarah Sparks (Anna Margaret Hollyman) becomes pregnant, her uncertainties about motherhood trigger an impulsive road trip to the source of her anxiety: her long-estranged mother living far away and off-the-grid. A SXSW premiere and winner of the Sloan Feature Film Prize, Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson co-direct this comic coming-of-parenthood tale for the internet age.


 works as a screenwriter and director. She has written and directed short films that have screened at film festivals around the world including Cannes-Directors Fortnight, Telluride, Edinburgh, and Clermont-Ferrand. Her most recent short, HOLLOW (starring Louisa Krause), was made for ITVS’ FutureStates and premiered at the TriBeCa Film Festival. Her writing includes MIND BLAST, an IMAX project for the Blue Man Group that is currently in development. Her web series, Sparks, co-created with Annie J. Howell, was syndicated by the Sundance Channel. Her feature project, SYNAPSE, received the Sloan Foundation Feature Production Award and is in development with Salty Features. She is the recipient of the Martin E. Segal Prize, the Mitsubishi Digital Media Lab Award for Excellence, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. Robinson received her MFA from New York University’s Graduate Film Directing Program and is currently Associate Professor of Film at Long Island University.

ANNIE J. HOWELL (Co-writer/Co-Director) has written and directed short films that have played internationally at film festivals including SXSW, Newport, Full Frame, and Clermont-Ferrand. Her work has aired on the Sundance Channel, PBS, and the Independent Film Channel, and as part of the ITVS web series, FutureStates. Her screenwriting work has been the recipient of a Nantucket Screenwriters’ Colony fellowship, the Grand Prize Award at IFP’s 2008 Independent Film Week, and a SFFS/Kenneth Rainin Foundation grant. Her most recent script is in development with producers Jordan Horowitz (THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT) and Jared Ian Goldman (KILL YOUR DARLINGS). Her web series, Sparks, co-created with Lisa Robinson, is syndicated on the Sundance Channel’s website, where she also blogs about film and storytelling. Howell earned an MFA at New York University’s Graduate Program in Film and is currently Associate Professor of Film at Ohio University.

Anna Margaret Hollyman was born in New York City and grew up in Connecticut and Austin, Texas. She studied Theater and Art History at Sarah Lawrence College, trained with Suzanne Esper at the William Esper Studio, and studied Improv with Upright Citizens Brigade and the P.I.T. in New York and Los Angeles. She has performed at the HERE Arts Center, P.S. 122, Soho Playhouse, and 59E59th St in New York, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her films include WHITE REINDEER, GAYBY, THE ROMANCE OF LONELINESS, THE BRAVE ONE, THE ONES YOU LOVE, ANNA, SAMANTHA, THE COLOR WHEEL, and ADELAIDE (which won Hollyman Best Actress at the 2010 Hill Country Film Festival). Her television roles include ABC’s My Generation.

Rich has been featured in over 40 stage musical comedies and is an award-winning writer and playwright who recently won the Arts Fund Award for his one act play, Straight Men. He has also received numerous awards for acting, including many for his touring one-man show, WILL ROGERS’ AMERICA. As a writer he has contributed scripts to the Discovery and Disney Channels, and just completed principal photography for his role in the feature-length thriller KILLER HOLIDAY.

André Holland has appeared in plays with The Public Theater/Shakespeare in the Park, Playwrights Horizons, and Georgia Shakespeare Festival. His film credits include the recent 42, Spike Lee’s MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA and SUGAR, co-directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden. His Broadway debut was playing Jeremy Furlow in the acclaimed revival of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. He recently appeared in Daniel Sullivan’s production of All’s Well That Ends Well in Central Park, and Matthew Lopez’s The Whipping Man at the Manhattan Theatre Club. He also appeared in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays at The Public Theater in New York City. His television credits include the role of Marshall Malloy on 1600 Penn and Burn Notice: A New Day. Holland earned an MFA in Acting from New York University.

Mary Beth Peil currently plays the role of Jackie in CBS’s The Good Wife, and has recently performed on Broadway in the revival of Follies. Prior to that, Peil performed on Broadway in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, the acclaimed revival of Sunday in the Park With George, Nine (Outer Critics nomination) and The King and I (Tony nomination). An Obie Award winner, her off Broadway credits include The Three Penny Opera (Atlantic),  Hedda Gabbler (New York Theatre Workshop), Later Life (Playwrights Horizon), and Sylvia (Manhattan Theatre Club). Her regional credits include Third Story (La Jolla Playhouse), 33 Variations (Helen Hayes nomination), A Month in the Country (Arena Stage), and Sweeney Todd (Kennedy Center). Her television credits include The Reagans and Dawson’s Creek, and her film credits include MIRRORS, FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS, and THE STEPFORD WIVES. Peil is a member of the Atlantic Theatre Company.

Sarah has worked in theatre, film, and television in both New York City and Los Angeles. Her theatre credits include productions at The Roundabout Theatre Co., Second Stage, MCC, and several productions at South Coast Rep. Her independent film credits include FOUR SINGLE FATHERS, produced by Gabriele Muccino, and FALLING FOR GRACE (TriBeCa Film Festival). Rafferty’s television credits include shows such as Brothers and Sisters, Bones, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Six Feet Under, and the Lifetime movie WHAT IF GOD WERE THE SUN, in which she acted opposite Gena Rowlands. She currently appears as Donna in the USA original series Suits. Rafferty is a graduate of The Yale School of Drama. 

Susan Kelechi Watson’s television appearances include Louie (where she plays Louis CK’s ex-wife), The Good Wife, Private Practice, Numbers, Law & Order, as well as recurring roles on Third Watch, Kidnapped, and NCIS. Susan’s film roles include that of Fatima in BLACKOUT (Tribeca 2007) and Tia in TIA & MARCO (SXSW 2010). Theater credits include A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, written by Richard Greenberg and directed Doug Hughes (Broadway); Missed Connections at Ars Nova; and The Story at the Public Theater (Off-Broadway). Watson recently played the role of Olivia in the Westport Country Playhouse’s production of Twelfth Night. Susan received her MFA from New York University.

JENNIFER DOUGHERTY (Producer) got her start in the independent film industry at Rebellion Pictures in New York City and Bona Fide Productions (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, COLD MOUNTAIN) in Los Angeles, before spending several years as a script reader and analyst at Lionsgate Studios. She also worked as the assistant to director Rodger Grossman on the Rhino Films feature WHAT WE DO IS SECRET (starring Shane West and Bijou Phillips) and as a post-production assistant on PUNK’S NOT DEAD, a documentary about the punk music scene from the 1970s to today. Since 2005, Dougherty has worked in development and production at Salty Features, a New York independent film company whose principals were the creative forces behind BOYS DON’T CRY and MY ARCHITECT. Salty’s most recent film, BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN, premiered at Sundance and was released in September 2009 by IFC Films. Dougherty is currently producing the feature film FIASCO, a dark satire of the Bay of Pigs invasion written by Donald Diego.

YAEL MELAMEDE (Executive Producer) founded Salty Features in 2003. Salty’s goal is to make feature films that showcase unique vision, strong storytelling, and thought-provoking subject matter. Yael served as Producer on the recent documentary DESERT RUNNERS, as well as on the documentary short INOCENTE, winner of the 2013 Academy Award. Salty’s film BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN premiered at Sundance in 2009 and was released that fall by IFC Films. Based on the book by David Foster Wallace, the film was written and directed by John Krasinski (The Office). Salty’s current projects include MARTYRS’ CROSSING, a political thriller  adapted from the bestselling novel by Amy Wilentz, to be directed by Paulo Morelli and featuring Frank Langella;  Melamede also co-produced the Academy Award-nominated documentary feature MY ARCHITECT. She holds a BA and M.Arch from Yale University.

CHARLES E. SWANSON (Cinematographer) has photographed the feature films ALL THE BEST: BILLY SEARS, FROM BARBADOS WITH LOVE, CONTRADICTIONS OF THE HEART, and THIS IS NOT A TEST. Swanson also photographed the award-winning short films RAIN (aired on the Showtime network), I’D RATHER BE DANCING, and TIA AND MARCO (SXSW 2010). The music video JAGUAR, which he photographed for Techno artist DJ Rolando, received wide play on MTV Europe. Swanson earned an MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema and Television and is currently Associate Professor and Chair at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television.

JENNIFER LEE (Editor/Co-producer) has built a storytelling career working across film, comics, and prose. She edited and produced Craig Johnson’s THE SKELETON TWINS, starring Kristing Wiig and Bill Hader, as well as editing and co-producing Johnson’s TRUE ADOLESCENTS, starring Mark Duplass and Melissa Leo. She edited Vincent D’Onofrio’s directorial debut, DON’T GO IN THE WOODS, and was an additional editor for Alexandre Rockwell’s PETE SMALLS IS DEAD, starring Peter Dinklage, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, and Rosie Perez. She edited Nancy Savoca’s UNION SQUARE, starring Mira Sorvino, Tammy Blanchard, and Patti LuPone, and Olivia Silver’s ARCADIA, starring John Hawkes and Ryan Simpkins. As a former comic book editor for Marvel and DC Comics, Lee oversaw stories from development to visual execution. Her books include Wolverine, Daredevil, Black Widow,100 Bullets, and The Sand Man: The Dream Hunters.

XANDER DUELL (Original Music) is an independent composer, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist based in New York. He has recorded and toured extensively with such diverse bands as Inouk, Mercy the Contours, and Ambulance LTD.  Duell plays a variety of roles in the Early Morning Opera theater company, ranging from composing and conducting string quartets to fronting punk bands. His first solo album was released by New York City-based record label Mexican Summer in spring 2011.

Photos: Charles E. Swanson

“Anna Margaret Hollyman … has a lovable screen presence.”
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“Effortlessly engaging … this is a small film and knows exactly how to be a small film. Like many New Yorker short stories, its purpose is to strike a particular note and allow it to reverberate.”
–  Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN TIMES 

“True to its title, the film is small, beautiful and moving.”
–  Matt Singer, TIME OUT CHICAGO
Critics Pick! 

“Small Beautifully Moving Parts is a tiny sweet gem … effortless in its merging of 21st-Century techie stuff and that most basic of beta systems: our own hearts.”
–  Joe Neumaier, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

“A well-observed little indie that goes off in pleasantly unexpected directions.”

“The filmmakers and Hollyman create such an endearing character.”
– Ian Buckwalter, NPR

“Leaves a smile on your face and leaves you wanting more.”

“A wonderful film.”

“Unmistakably human in its warmth, an indie road movie that runs like clockwork.”
– Stephen Saito, IFC.com

“By turns precise and elliptical, like a meticulously crafted short story.”
– Joe Leydon, VARIETY

“[Anna Margaret Hollyman gives] a wonderfully natural breakout performance.”
– Farihah Zaman, HUFFINGTON POST

“Full of quietly beautiful moments.” – Nathan Cone, TEXAS PUBLIC RADIO

“Annie Howell and Lisa Robinson have given me exactly what I want from a drama about women: smart characters who aren’t restrained by stereotypes … with a sense of humor.”
– Jette Kernion, CINEMATICAL

“An excellent, poetic little movie, beautifully anchored by Anna Margaret Hollyman’s lead performance.” – Paul Osborne, FILM THREAT

“Winningly played…”
– Mark Asch, THE L MAGAZINE 

[An] original and fresh approach to character, story and theme – including the idea that technology may reveal our deepest selves and express our ambivalent human need for connection as much as control ….”

DVD Review, Rock! Shock! Pop!, 10/22/12

Phoenix Observer, 9/30/12

DVD Review, DVD Talk 9/25/12

DVD Review, Film Monthly 9/18/12

Feature in Ohio University Post 9/10/12

DVD Review, Book Room Reviews 9/9/12 

DVD Review, CriticNic 8/28/12

Review in Chicago Tribune 6/1/12

Review in Time Out Chicago 5/31/12

Review by Roger Ebert 5/30/12

Review in New York Daily News 5/11/12

Review on NPR 5/11/12

Interview on indieWIRE Women in Hollywood 5/11/12

Feature in MORE magazine 5/10/11

Feature in Huffington Post 5/10/12

Review in Film Journal 5/10/12

Interview in The Moveable Fest 5/10/12

Inclusion in New York Times Summer Movie Preview by Dave Kehr 5/6/12

Exclusive Stills Posted on Film School Rejects 5/3/12

Review on GotchaMovies 5/2/12

Mini review in Winston-Salem Journal 4/12/12

Mention in Film Threat blog covering Phoenix Film Festival 4/1/12

Interview in Galo online magazine 12/14/11

Feature in Perspectives Magazine, Ohio University 11/2/11

Review in The Portland Mercury 10/27/11

Sloan Feature Film Prize announced on indieWIRE 10/12/11

Review in Variety 4/2/11

Anna Margaret Hollyman performance given strong nod from Huffington Post

Review on AOL moviefone / Cinematical 3/23/11

Review in Bitch Magazine 3/23/11

On-camera review on Lost in Reviews 3/22/11

Interview on Texas Public Radio 3/21/11

“Casting Review” of SBMP on Film Industry Bloggers 3/16

Review on Film Threat 3/17/11

Review on The L Magazine 3/17/11

Interview with Anna Margaret Hollyman in The Austinist 3/14/11

Review on Smells Like Screen Spirit 3/14/11

SBMP on local NBC affiliate KXAN 3/15

SBMP mentioned in tech article in The New York Times 3/16

Interview with Howell and Robinson in Filmmaker Magazine 3/16/11

Review on Gordon and the Whale 3/15/11

Review on IFC.COM 3/14/11

Live interview on IFC.com 3/11/11

SBMP mentioned as a “Movie to Look For” at SXSW in MSN Movies 3/9/11

“Interview with Howell & Robinson” by Efilmcritic 3/9/11

“Meet the SXSW Filmmakers” Interview with Howell & Robinson in indieWIRE 3/8/11

SBMP trailer featured on Hollywood Reporter Blog 2/16/11

Howell & Robinson as Women to Watch in Sound on Sight Blog 2/22/11

SXSW line up in Paste Magazine 2/3/11

SXSW line up in Variety 2/2/11

SXSW in The New York Times 2/2/11


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SXSW 2011

Port Townsend Film Festival 2011

The Mill Valley Film Festival 2011

Hamptons International Film Festival 2011

New Orleans Film Festival 2011

Siren Nation Film Festival 2011, Portland, Oregon

Starz Denver Film Festival 2011

The Picture House, Pelham NY 2011

Cinequest Film Festival 2012

Fargo Film Festival 2012

Sun Valley Film Festival 2012

Cleveland International Film Festival 2012

Phoenix Film Festival 2012

Atlanta Film Festival 2012

Kansas City FilmFest 2012 

Athens International Film and Video Festival 2012

RiverRun International Film Festival 2012

The Town Hall Feature Film Seminar Series, New York City, 4/23/2012

The Lighthouse Film Society 2012

Santa Cruz Film Festival 2012


Opened 5/12/12 at the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA

Opened 5/16/12 at the Riviera Theatre, Three Rivers, MI

Opened 5/25/12 at Denver FilmCenter / Colfax, Denver, CO

Opened 5/25/12 at The State Theatre, Modesto, CA

Opened 6/1/12 at Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT 

Opened 6/1/12 at Facets Cinémathèque, Chicago, IL

Opened 6/1/12 at Theatre N at Nemours, Wilmington, DE

Opened 6/3/12 at the Mississippi Film Institute, Jackson, MS

Opened 6/8/12 at Gateway Film Center, Columbus, OH

Opened 6/8/12 at Cable Car Cinema, Providence, RI

Opened 6/8/12 at Mos’ Art Theatre, Lake Park, FLA

Opened 6/8/12 at the Wilmette Theatre, Wilmette, IL

Opened 6/15/12 at Cinema Paradiso, Fort Lauderdale, FLA

Opened 6/19/12 at Memorial Opera House, Valparaiso, IN

Opened 6/21/12 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA  

Opened 6/22/12 at M-89 Cinema, Otsego, MI

Opened 7/14 at the Murdock Theatre, Wichita, KS

Opened 7/20 at Cinematique of Daytona, Daytona Beach, FLA

Opened 7/30 at the Center for the Arts, USC, Beaufort, SC

Opened 8/13/12 at a/perture cineclub, Winston-Salem, NC

Opened 8/14/12 at the Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI


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