Stand Clear of the Closing Doors

Sam Fleischner, USA 2013, 102’

Thirteen-year-old Ricky, who is doubly disadvantaged as a slightly autistic child of Mexican immigrants,  runs away from home by getting on the subway. Time and reality become relative as he grows tired and hungry, while his visions and the documentary-like images of underground New York increasingly intermingle. A parallel narrative takes place above, in poverty-stricken Rockaway Beach, where Ricky’s mom searches for him desperately.

This intimate story is told without  a directness that might kill its poetry. It is formally perfect,  and gains additional depth through a climax that plays out as Hurricane Sandy approaches.


2013 Tribeca Film Festival – Wyróżnienie / Special Jury Mention

Sam Fleischner

Sam Fleischner studied at Wesleyan University. He is the  creator of several short films, music videos (including for MGMT), and video installations. He debuted with Wah Do Dem, which received awards at many festivals. Stand Clear of the Closing Doors is his second feature. Sam lives in Rockaway Beach, New York.

Selected filmography

2008 Cave Flower (kr. m. / short)

2009 Wah Do Dem 2011 Ukiah (kr. m. / short)

2012 Faro (kr. m. / short)

2013 Proszę odsunąć się od drzwi / Stand Clear of the Closing Doors   

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director Sam Fleischner
screenplay Rose Lichter-Marck, Micah Bloomberg
cinematography Adam Jandrup, Ethan Palmer
editing Talia Barrett
music Sarah Lipstate
cast Andrea Suarez Paz, Jesus Sanchez-Velez, Azul Zorrilla, Tenoch Huerta Mejía, Marsha Stephanie Blake
producer Andrew Neel, Veronica Nickel, Dave Saltzman, Craig Shilowich
production M ss ng p eces, SeeThink Films
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