Stars North Films, Orlando, Fla, has released a 17-minute short film called Crooked, which was created to be played in dental and orthodontic waiting rooms. Available on DVD, the film was written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Todd Thompson.

Crooked is told through the eyes of Samantha, a young girl obsessed with losing her last crooked baby tooth in order to have a perfect smile and win the heart of the new boy at school. The film stars Kendall Ganey (The Little Princess, Ace Ventura Pet Detective) and Bo Mitchell (October Road, Eastbound and Down), and introduces the talents of Sarah Grace Ackerman and Justin Garcia. 

An executive producer of the film is Steve Tinsworth, DMD, who has served as president of the Florida and Southern Association of Orthodontics and was a past AAO Council Chair on Orthodontic Practice. "The story is incredibly witty and fast-paced," Tinsworth says. "Its brushing and flossing message resonates with young people, and if that helps them get into the habit of taking care of their teeth, I am all for it!  After all, kids who form good habits now grow into adults with healthy teeth—and as dentists, that’s why we’re here."

??Crooked retails for $14.95 and is available in the 2011 ADA Catalog as well as here. The DVD features "play" and "play continuously" options, as well as bonus materials including behind-the-scenes footage and a music video set to the film’s title track "Shake It ‘Til Your Tooth Falls Out," which was written and performed by 6-year-old recording artist, Elliott Rivers. ?