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Project of the Day: A Young Boy Runs Away on the Subway

Project of the Day: A Young Boy Runs Away on the Subway

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“Stand Clear of the Closing Doors”

Tweetable Logline:

When an autistic boy runs away from his immigrant family into the NYC subway, he forces his family to reconcile their differences.

Elevator Pitch:

When a young autistic boy runs away from his Mexican-immigrant family on the fringes of New York City, he embarks on an odyssey that forces his splintered family to reconcile their differences.

Production Team:

Director: Sam Fleishner (“Wah Do Dem”)
Producers:  Veronica Nickel (“Dead Man’s Burden,” “Nor’easter”), Craig Shilowich (“Frozen River,” “Dark Horse”), SeeThink Films, M ss ng P eces
DP: Adam Jandrup
Production Design: Sara White

About the Production:

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. This film explores communication—an initial difficulty of expression between a boy and his mother gives way to a complete absence of communication when he disappears. Within this absence a bridge between two vastly different perspectives is rebuilt. We intend to tell this story in the most economical way, working with a small crew and available light. This style of filmmaking fuses rich environments that already exist with good storytelling.” — Sam Fleishner

Current Status:


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