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‘The Passing Season’ Moves from the Hockey Rink to a Player’s Reconnected Youth

'The Passing Season' Moves from the Hockey Rink to a Player's Reconnected Youth

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The Passing Season

Logline: When his professional hockey career comes to a sudden end, Sam returns to his hometown and tries to escape into an earlier, more exciting time in his life.

Elevator Pitch: 
At 28, Sam Alden gets told that his professional hockey career is over. Rather than seeing this as a challenge to work through, he completely loses his sense of identity in the face of the news. He retreats to his hometown, reconnects with a group of high school buddies, and tries to escape into an earlier, more exciting time in his life. But recapturing the thrill of youth turns out to be much more complicated than Sam imagined, and he finds that the harder he pushes away the realities of adulthood, the more complicated his life becomes.

Production Team:
Directed by Gabriel Long
Written by Gabriel Long and Matthew-Lee Erlbach
Produced by Gabriel Long, Rebecca Atwood, Courtney Hope, Bruce Mason
Cinematography by Greg Harriott
Edited by Gabriel Long

Starring:
Brian J. Smith – “Sense8,” “Quantico,” “The Glass Menagerie” (Broadway)
Gayle Rankin – “Cabaret” (Broadway)
Patrick Murney – “Public Morals,” “James White,” “God’s Pocket”
Elizabeth Alderfer – “Orange Is The New Black,” “Unforgettable,” “Eye Candy”
Nick Choksi – “Happyish,” “Violet & Daisy” 

About the Film:
The story grew out of my experience, and the experiences of people I know, who arrived in their late twenties with their identities hitched to one thing. Usually that thing was a job or a relationship, and when it fell apart the experience wasn’t just a bump in the road, it precipitated a complete crisis of faith. I wanted to explore the cost of that, the damage we do when we feel like we can’t face the world.

Current Status: We’re in post-production (finishing the score, color and sound), applying to festivals and looking for distribution.

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