Dear America: So Far from Home is the fifth installment of the Dear America series of films. It was based So Far from Home by Barry Denenberg.


Cast and characters

  • Laura Bertram as Mary Driscoll
  • Steven McCarthy as Sean Riordan
  • Lynne Griffin as Aunt Nora
  • Gema Zamprogna as Annie Clark
  • Shaun Austin Olsen as Mr. Quinn
  • Francesca Scorsone as Clarissa
  • Victor Ertmanis as Mr. Fowler
  • Patrick Chilvers as Prosecutor
  • David Christo as Yankee Boy
  • John Nelles as Constable
  • John Blackwood as Judge

Crew and credits

  • Directed by: Don McCutcheon
  • Teleplay by: Carl Binder
  • Adapted from the book: "So Far from Home" written by Barry Denenberg
  • Based on: the Scholastic book series "Dear America" created by Jean Feiwel
  • Executive producer: Deborah Forte
  • Co-executive producers: Bill Siegler, Martha Atwater
  • Editor: Richard Wells
  • Production designer: Ian Brock
  • Director of photography: Barry Bergthorson
  • Line producer: Lena Cordina
  • Executive in charge: Christie Dreyfuss
  • Music by: Jack Lenz and Douglas John Cameron
  • Story editor: Rhonda Jayne Olson
  • Production manager: Lena Cordina
  • 1st assistant director: John Pace
  • Location manager: Karen Perez
  • Art director: Roderik Mayne
  • 1st assistant art director: Theresa Tindall
  • 2nd assistant director: Joanne Tickle
  • Production coordinator: David Hardy
  • Script supervisor: Donna Gardon
  • Set decorator: Elizabeth Calderhead
  • Costume designer: Joyce Schure
  • Property master: Alan Doucette
  • Make-up: Leslie Dumbleton
  • Hairstylist: Etheline Joseph
  • Camera operator: Doug Lawrence
  • Sound recordist: Bryan Day
  • Re-recording engineer: Steve Foster
  • Gaffer: Bob Davidson
  • Key grip: Darren Boyce
  • 1st assistant camera: Lori Longstaff
  • Post production supervisor: Lynda McKenzie
  • Assistant editor: Douglas Crawford
  • Construction coordinator: Bill White
  • Transport coordinator: J. Skavinsky
  • Stunt coordinator: Bryan Renfro
  • Special effects by: Brock Jolliffe
  • Casting: Susan Forrest and Sharon Forrest
  • Production accountant: Kelly Decooman
  • Scholastic financial executive: Diane Vilagi
  • Production associate: Tessa Abdull
  • Production services provided by: Protocol Entertainment Inc.
  • Special thanks to: Dome Audio Video & Effects, The Lab

Home video release


So Far from Home on VHS

Dear America: So Far from Home was released on home video sometime in 1999.[2]
Back of tape description:
"With the potato famine devastating her homeland in Ireland, Mary Driscoll must leave her parents to seek out a better life in America. Mary finds work in a mill, where working conditions are dreadful. Although her friends encourage her to join the new labor union, Mary hesitates to speak out for fear of losing her job. When her dear friend, Sean, is falsely accused of murder, Mary must decide if she is ready to face her fears and sacrifice everything to save him."

Differences from book


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See also