Stand Clear of the Closing Doors to premiere at Tribeca Film Festival
The 2013 Tribeca Film Fest lineup was announced last week, and I am ecstatic to say that the film I co-produced in the fall is among some other great films in competition.
It’s extremely fitting that Stand Clear of the Closing Doors is premiering in New York, where not only the film takes place, but where Hurricane Sandy hit us hard - temporarily shutting down the whole production. We were four days away from finishing about a month of filming when Sandy hit. on Sunday, October 28th we rode the subway, filming along the way, until it shut down and dropped us back at our home, which was Rockaway Beach, Queens. We ran out to the boardwalk to watch these mammoth waves crash in the moonlight, and tried to take pictures. We went back to our house, packed our cars with all our belongings, and drove back to Brooklyn and Manhattan to wait out the storm.
The next time we would next go back to Rockaway Beach it would be to help in the relief effort. Our house was now headquarters for Occupy Sandy, and the last thing most were thinking about was the movie. Of course the resilient team finished, editing the storm into the film, and creating a truly beautiful last look at Rockaway as it was.