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Safe Spaces

Spotlight Narrative

World Premiere

USA | 93 MINUTES | English |


New York, Comedy, Drama, Politics
The divisions in adjunct professor Josh’s (Justin Long) professional and personal lives are taking a toll. He’s been known to bumble his way into trouble, like when his romance with his young nieces’ nanny led to her firing. Now his college students are forming warring factions after a triggering incident in his classroom, and administrators are growing alarmed over Josh’s uncertain response. His family is also chaotic: loving but splintered in the face of his beloved grandmother’s (Lynn Cohen) illness. His mother (Fran Drescher) sorts logistics while struggling to face the imminent loss of her mother. His father (Richard Schiff) is supportive but distant, trying to balance his adult children with his new wife and young son. Josh’s aunt just skipped town, and his sister (Kate Berlant) might need to lay off the pills. Everyone convenes at the hospital, trying to give and find support in the face of uncertainty.

Josh begins to listen in earnest and think beyond himself as he confronts these divides. Tribeca alum Daniel Schechter’s (Supporting Characters, Life of Crime) good-natured New York City comedy explores how people face the modern crises in their lives—both natural and self-inflicted.

—Pamela Nemoto


Directed by Daniel Schechter

Daniel Schechter is a writer, director, editor, and professor based in New York City. His previous films include Life of Crime, starring Jennifer Aniston, and Supporting Characters, which held its premiere at Tribeca in 2012. Safe Spaces is his fifth produced feature screenplay.
Daniel Schechter
Courtenay Johnson, Lawrence Greenberg, Jordan Kessler
Daniel Schechter
Gregory J. Wilson
Daniel Schechter
Aaron Esposito
Executive Producer
Matthew Helderman, Luke Taylor
Ryan Willard
Justin Long, Kate Berlant, Lynn Cohen, Michael Godere, Richard Schiff, Becky Ann Baker, Fran Drescher


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