Things That Hang from Trees

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Things That Hang From Trees
Directed by Ido Mizrahy
Produced by Joseph Zolfo
Written by Aaron Louis Tordini
Starring Deborah Kara Unger
Daniel Von Bargen
Ray McKinnon
Peter Gerety
Laila Robins
Cooper Musgrove
Jason Antoon
Yul Vazquez
Marco St. John
Music by Michael Galasso
Distributed by Radio London Films
Release date
March 11, 2006
Running time
98 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Things That Hang from Trees is a 2006 drama film, directed by Ido Mizrahy and written by Aaron Louis Tordini. It is based on the novella of the same name by Tordini (under the pen name T. A. Louis; ISBN 0-9721072-1-5).


Florida, 1969. 8-year-old Tommy (Cooper Musgrove), incorrectly read as mentally-impaired by many of the local townspeople, lives alone with his skanky mother (Deborah Kara Unger), a sex shop owner. This emotionally troubled child also struggles with painful memories of his abusive, estranged father (Ray McKinnon) - whose mistreatment he recreates in a self-flagellating manner by systematically subjecting himself to the sadism of the 12-year-old local bully (Ryan Parker). While the town barber (Daniel von Bargen) - a psychotic religious nut - obsesses over Tommy's mother, Tommy fantasizes about watching the town fireworks from atop the local lighthouse. The boy finally realizes this dream, but when he descends, he happens upon a shocking discovery that changes his world forever by bringing a permanent end to his childhood innocence.



  • Radio London Films


  • 2006: Best Film, American Independents, Troia International Film Festival
  • 2008: Best Film, Corto Imola International Film
  • 2008: Award of Excellence, Accolade Competition

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