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WORLD NARRATIVE COMPETITION

STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS

Directed by Sam Fleischner
FEATURE NARRATIVE 103 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS
Autistic teen Ricky lives in Far Rockaway, Queens, and while his family struggles with economic hardship, he faces the difficulties of fitting in at school. When he is scolded for skipping class, he escapes into the subway, embarking on a days-long underground odyssey among the subway’s disparate denizens as his mother wages an escalating search effort above ground. As the two parallel stories of mother and son unfold, Hurricane Sandy closes in on the city.

Filmed in the Rockaways, in part during last year’s devastating storm, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors is a film firmly rooted in its community Local director Sam Fleischner demonstrates a remarkable sense of place, both of the rarely filmed Rockaway streets and beaches and the iconic New York City subway, reawakening the viewer to its beauty, strangeness and magic. Experiencing both sides of the city through Ricky’s sensitive eyes, the audience takes a touching, sometimes fantastical journey of community and connection in and below New York City.

—Cara Cusumano
Drama
About the Director(s)
SAM FLEISCHNER is a graduate of Wesleyan University and worked as a projectionist at Anthology Film Archives. His award-winning first feature, Wah Do Dem, was included on several end-of-year top ten lists. He has followed that success with several award-winning short films, music videos and art and video installations at venues throughout the U.S.

Film Info
  • Section:
    World Narrative Competition
  • Year:
    2013
  • Length:
    103 minutes
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    World
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Sam Fleischner
  • Screenwriter:
    Rose Lichter-Marck, Micah Bloomberg
  • Producer:
    Veronica Nickel, Andrew Neel, Dave Saltzman, Craig Shilowich
  • Editor:
    Talia Barrett
  • Cinematographer:
    Adam Jandrup, Ethan Palmer
  • Production Designer:
    Sara K. White
  • Executive Producer:
    Greg Stewart, Henry Kasdon
  • Cast:
    Andrea Suarez, Jesus Valez, Azul Rodriguez, Tenoch Huerta Mejía, Marsha Stephanie Blake

Contacts
  • Print Source
    Sam Fleischner
    How Follows What
    Brooklyn, 11238
    Phone: 860 933 4128
    sfleischner@gmail.com
  • Press Contact
    Jessica Uzzan
    Hook Publicity
    New York, NY 10003
    Phone: 646 867 3818
    jessica@hookpublicity.com
  • Sales Agent
    Linda Lichter
    Lichter, Grossman, Nichols & Adler
    Los Angeles, 90069
    Phone: 310 205 6999
    llichter@lgna.com

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