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Date City Theater
10.13.2014Lancaster , PAWare Center

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We encourage members of the Autism, Asperger, Latino, and independent film communities alike to organize screenings as fundraisers, cultural events, or conversation-starters.


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"Stand Clear of the Closing Doors" is the story of Ricky, a 13-year-old boy with autism, and his mother, Mariana. An undocumented immigrant from Mexico, Mariana works long days cleaning houses while Ricky, deeply imaginative but painfully isolated, struggles to cope. They live in Rockaway Beach, Queens along with Ricky’s rebellious older sister, Carla, and semi-absent father, Ricardo Sr.

Carla doesn’t pick Ricky up from school one day and as he walks home alone, he is scolded by Mariana over the phone. Blocking out his mother’s wrath, he is swooned by a mysterious dragon figure into the subway. This marks the beginning of the young boy’s odyssey of self-discovery, where his confrontation with the bizarre, indifferent world of the subway pushes him to interact with the world. Mariana’s search brings her out into her neighborhood in new ways. She forms a new relationship with the beach and befriends a shopkeeper who knows her son. As days pass with no sign of Ricky and an impending hurricane, the divisions that the family has tried to ignore are brought to light.

"Stand Clear of the Closing Doors" is a family drama rooted in the vibrant depiction of a seldom-seen community on the city’s edge. With an eye-opening view of life on the autism spectrum, the film simultaneously explores the strains of the immigrant experience. The film is about identity and conformity; communication and intolerance. It explores the dark spaces between us, seeking out the peculiar threads that tie us together.

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MARIANA - Andrea Suarez Paz
RICKY - Jesus Sanchez-Velez
CARLA - Azul Zorrilla
CARMEN - Marsha Stephanie Blake
RICARDO SR. - Tenoch Huerta Mejía
JARET - Kevin Bewersdorf


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DIRECTOR - Sam Fleischner
STORY BY - Rose Lichter-Marck
SCREENPLAY BY - Rose Lichter-Marck & Micah Bloomberg
PRODUCERS - Andrew Neel , Veronica Nickel
Dave Saltzman & Craig Shilowich
CINEMATOGRAPHY - Adam Jandrup & Ethan Palmer
PRODUCTION DESIGN - Sara K White
ART DIRECTOR - Alan Lampart
CASTING DIRECTORS - Eleonore Hendricks &
Susan Shopmaker

EDITOR - Talia Barrett
SOUND EDITORS - Eli Cohn & Scott Hirsch
COLORIST - Nat Jencks
WEBSITE DESIGNER - Shannon Mims


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PRODUCTION COMPANY - M s s n g P eces
PRODUCTION COMPANY- See Think Films
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS - Greg Stewart &
Henry Kasdon


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View list of kickstarter supporters HERE


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PR - Jessica Uzzan
HOOK PUBLICITY
419 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor New York NY 10003
EMAIL - jessica@hookpublicity.com
PR ASSISTANT  - Luke Carron
EMAIL  - assistant@hookpublicity.com

http://www.hookpublicity.com

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THE NEW YORK TIMES by Stephen Holden
"Wonderfully witty and understated...A small miracle of a film."

VILLAGE VOICE by Alan Scherstuhl
"Fascinating and beautiful...an impressionistic record of the subway experience circa exactly right now."

ART FORUM by Amy Taubin
"An exceptional film...richly textured and fully engaging."

SLANT MAGAZINE by Chuck Bowen
"Fleischner paints a vivid portrait of New York life, with its dreamers and schemers and working-class people just trying to pay the bills."

PASTE MAGAZINE by Tim Grierson
"Graceful...conjures up a dreamy mood."

CRITERIONCAST by Joshua Brunsting
"An ever-involving drama of the highest regard. This is a film not to be missed."

THE TALKHOUSE by Lou Howe
"Creates an experience that is transcendent and reaches toward the fundamental truth of not only living with autism but also of being a New Yorker."

THE DISSOLVE by Scott Tobias
"An impression of Rockaway Beach, subway culture, and an autist's point of view that a more conventionally constructed film could never achieve."

FILM COMMENT by Amy Taubin
"Rings true from beginning to end without a trace of sentimentality."

VARIETY by Ronnie Scheib
"Consistently fascinating and suspenseful."

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER by John Defore
"Convincing working-class texture... scores of well-observed train scenes."

THE WRAP by Brent Lang
"Draws its power from Hurricane Sandy."

TWITCH FILM by John Jarzemsky
"A unique, lyrical, and tight picture."

FILM JOURNAL by Doris Toumarkine
"Terrific acting, and all-around terrific production values (cinematography and sound design especially)."

MOVIEMAKER by Josh Ralkse
"My favorite narrative feature at Tribeca."

HOLLYWOOD.COM by Matt Patches
"It lives and breates the spirit of the city."

THE MOVEABLE FEST by Stephen Saito
"Something truly indelible and unique."

FILMMAKER MAGAZINE by Nick Dawson
"One of the buzz titles at the Tribeca Film Festival."

INDIEWIRE by Diana Drumm
"A film that falls between documentary and narrative by simply being true."

INDIEWIRE by Eric Kohn
"Fleischner's story is unique in that it presents a simple premise and weaves it together with many layers of sensory experiences."

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER by John DeFore
"Scores of well-observed train scenes"

INDIEWIRE by Kevin Jagernauth
"Exclusive: Poster for Hurricane Sandy Drama."

THE NEW YORK TIMES by Stephen Holden
"Stand Clear of the Closing Doors is as intense and indelible an immersion in the real New York as I have seen in a long time. It may be crude, but it is completely, exhilaratingly alive."

TRIBECA by Karen Kemmerle
"‘Stand Clear of the Closing Doors’ Director Sam Fleischner on Storytelling and Happy Accidents"

NY DAILY NEWS by Henrick Karoliszyn
"Stand Clear of the Closing Doors is as intense and indelible an immersion in the real New York as I have seen in a long time. It may be crude, but it is completely, exhilaratingly alive."

QUEENS NYC by Meg Cotner
"Sandy-affected Rockaway filmmaker premieres movie at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival."

STORYBOARD by Sarah Stodola
"Hurricane Sandy Empowers a Film It Almost Destroyed."

INDIEWIRE
"We all see the world differently, but people on the autistic spectrum are an extreme example. In addition to their heightened sensitivity, they have difficulty understanding emotions and interacting socially."

FILMMAKER MAGAZINE by Veronica Nickel
"...He has tailored his naturalistic visual approach to ensure a certain level of comfort for a non-actor... [ expressing ] his commitment to telling the story of kids “on the spectrum?."

THE MOVABLE FEST by Stephen Saito
"My movie is born first in my head, dies on paper; is resuscitated by the living persons and real objects I use, which are killed on film but, placed in a certain order and projected on to a screen, come to life again like flowers in water."-Robert Bresson

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PR (United States)
Charlie Olsky
Oscilloscope Laboratories
(212) 219-4029 ext. 41
charlie@oscilloscope.net

BOOKING (United States)
Jacob Wolters
Oscilloscope Laboratories
(212) 219-4029 ext. 38
jacob@oscilloscope.net/span>

MISC. INQUIRIES (US)
Oscilloscope Laboratories
info@oscilloscope.net

DIRECTOR - Sam Fleischner
COMPANY - How Follow What
EMAIL - standclearclosingdoors@gmail.com

PRODUCER - Andrew Neel
COMPANY - See Think Films
EMAIL - andrew@seethink.com

PRODUCER - Veronica Nickel
COMPANY - Illuminaria Productions
EMAIL - veronicanickel@illuminariaproductions.com

PRODUCER - Dave Saltzman
COMPANY - M ss ng P eces
EMAIL - dave@mssngpeces.com