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The Dust Factory

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Director  Eric Small
Initial DVD release  March 22, 2005
Country  United States
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Family, Fantasy
Music director  Luis Bacalov
Writer  Eric Small
Language  English
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Release date  October 15, 2004
Cast  Armin Mueller-Stahl (Großvater Randolph), Hayden Panettiere (Melanie Lewis), Ryan Kelley (Ryan Flinn), George de la Peña (Ringmaster), Michael Angarano (Rocky Mazzelli), Kyle Hansen (Rennie)
Similar movies  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Blackhat, Snowpiercer, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Mad Max, Youth

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Ryan Flynn (Ryan Kelley), a teenage boy who hasnt spoken since the death of his father, winds up in a fantastical realm after nearly drowning in an accident. In this limbo world, Ryan once again talks, and he is reunited with his Grandpa Randolph (Armin Mueller-Stahl). Ryan also befriends Melanie Lewis (Hayden Panettiere), who provides him with additional emotional support. Will Ryan and Melanie be able to move beyond the transitional realm, and, if so, where will they end up?

The Dust Factory is a 2004 film directed and written by Eric Small.

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Ryan is a teenager who lacks the ability to speak. One day, Ryan falls off a bridge and he finds himself transported to a strange fantasy world where he encounters his Grandpa Randolph (Armin Mueller-Stahl) and a pretty girl named Melanie (Hayden Panettiere); together, Ryan and Melanie learn to help one another with their problems, and they both discover the wisdom they can gain from elders like Grandpa Randolph.

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Ryan Flynn (Ryan Kelley) is a young boy who, traumatized by the death of his father, has not spoken aloud or exercised his imagination since. While on a walk with a friend, Ryan falls from a bridge and apparently drowns. He finds himself in a parallel universe called the "Dust Factory", which houses all humans who are on the verge of death, but have yet to die. The Dust Factorys topography is immense, encompassing lakes, forests, mountains, and a wide field covered by dry grass. In the center of the Dust Factory, is a circus pavilion whose Ringmaster is a figure of some authority and dread. Each person dwelling in the Dust Factory must enter the circus pavilion and make a leap (a literal leap of faith) across the arena into the arms of a trapeze artist to proceed into death or return to life. The latter decision occurs when a participant falls into the arena during the leap, leaving behind a pile of dust which marks the passage, gives the realm its name, and when disturbed allows the one doing so to enter a hidden chamber where they play ice hockey against the Ringmaster. In the Factory, Ryan regains his voice and is reunited with his grandfather (Armin Mueller-Stahl), whose Alzheimers disease has (in his real life) prevented him from communicating with his family. The grandfather, who is apparently knowledgeable about the inner workings of the Dust Factory, advises and tells him stories. The stories he tells, which outwardly appear to convey no obvious meaning, contain hidden parables that Ryan must solve. The theme of belief/hope versus cynicism or despair surfaces in relation to one of these.

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Throughout the main body of the plot, Ryan spends a single endless day exploring the Dust Factory under weather conditions that are always favorable to wandering through the environments and marveling at natural beauty. He is guided by his grandfather and accompanied by a girl of his own age called Melanie Lewis (Hayden Panettiere), who has been in the Dust Factory for years, lacks any memory of her previous life, and lives under the illusion that the climate is of perpetual winter, despite the appearance to Ryan and the viewer of interminable summer. Melanie and Ryan, under the eye of Ryans grandfather, become intimate friends. Their time is passed in an emotional atmosphere of joy and discovery, mitigated only by the influence of the mysterious Ringmaster, who interferes several times with their activity, and by Melanies conflict with Ryans grandfather, who wishes Ryan to "make the leap" across the arena and thereby contradicts Melanies desire that all things remain as they are forever. Matters gradually reach a climax, whereinafter Ryans grandfather "makes the leap" and dies. Subsequently, against Melanies wishes (who does not want to be left alone in the Dust Factory), Ryan makes the leap himself, but falls into the pile of dust and is sent back to life. Melanie then defies her own delusion of continual winter and makes the decision to determine her own fate.

Having returned to life, Ryan resurfaces from beneath the water and is rescued by his friend. Although he no longer has any conscious memory of the Dust Factory, it seems to be present in his subconscious, is implied by the facts that he has regained his voice, has a general feeling of joy in life. He subsequently encounters Melanie, who in real life has recovered from a cerebral aneurysm. Although neither Ryan or Melanie has any conscious memory of the other, they appear to subconsciously recognize each other.


  • Armin Mueller-Stahl as Grandpa Randolph
  • Hayden Panettiere as Melanie Lewis
  • Ryan Kelley as Ryan Flynn
  • Kim Myers as Angie Flynn
  • George De La Pena as Ringmaster
  • Michael Angarano as Rocky Mazzelli
  • Peter Horton as Lionel
  • Kyle Hansen as Rennie
  • Javier Perales Castro as Trapeze Catcher
  • Ayanna Berkshire-Cruse as Hope
  • Shuhe as Sorrow
  • Robert Blanche as Ryan Flynn Senior
  • Reception

    The film has a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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    Armin Mueller-Stahl appears in The Dust Factory and Avalon. Armin Mueller-Stahl appears in The Dust Factory and Local Color. Luis Bacalov composed the music for The Dust Factory and City of Women. Ryan Kelley appears in The Dust Factory and Mean Creek. Armin Mueller-Stahl appears in The Dust Factory and The Power of One.


    It currently airs on The 3 on Epix and has also aired on MGM HD.


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