EXCLUSIVE: Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired all North American rights to Sam Fleischner’s Stand Clear Of the Closing Doors, the story of a lost boy shot on location in the New York City subways. The film won the Special Jury Prize in the Narrative Feature Section at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival and had its international premiere at the Karlovy International Film Fest. Directed by Fleischner from a script by Rose Lichter-Marck and Micah Bloomberg, Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors tells the story of Ricky, a 13-year old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome who gets lost one day in the New York City subway system. While his mother frantically searches for him above ground, the sensory-sensitive Ricky is exposed to the cacophony, eccentricity, and menace found in New York’s underground (including some scenes shot during Hurricane Sandy, which came to figure into the film’s story), resulting in a truly authentic view into both the wonders and the horrors of what lies below. The film will next be seen in Sundance’s Next Weekend festival which takes place August 8-11 in Los Angeles. Oscilloscope will release the film in 2014.
About the acquisition, O-scope’s Dan Berger and David Laub said, “We knew this film was an ideal fit for us the moment we saw it. Not only does it showcase the work of an exciting young filmmaker and tell a compelling, original story, but it is also a quintessential New York film, capturing the mood and feel of the city in a way few films do any more. We’re thrilled to have it join our roster.”
Filmmaker Sam Fleischner said, “From the beginning, I was hoping that Oscilloscope would become the home for Stand Clear of The Closing Doors. Their enthusiastic response feels auspicious and I’m really happy to have my film with a distributor that celebrates fresh cinema.”
The film was produced by production companies M ss ng P eces and SeeThink Films, and producers Andrew Neel, Veronica Nickel, Dave Saltzman and Craig Shilowich.