The Outside Story

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Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:85 min.
Director:Casimir Nozkowski
Producer:Brian Newman
Frank Hall Green
Casimir Nozkowski
Joseph Stephans
Screenwriter:Casimir Nozkowski
Cast:Brian Tyree Henry
Sunita Mani
Sonequa Martin-Green
Note Writer:Angelique Smith


Screening note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am PT on Friday, October 9, and 11:59pm PT on Sunday, October 18, and is available to ticket buyers and passholders within the state of California.


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Newly-single and decidedly-introverted editor Charles Young is having one of those days. Hungry, heartbroken, and on deadline to release a video tribute to a famous actor knocking on death’s door, Charles accidentally locks himself out of the house while paying the food delivery guy and finds himself standing on the stoop in his polka-dot socks, with a phone battery that’s on its last leg. In between sourcing possible spare keys and dodging calls from his boss, on a shoeless adventure climbing fire escapes and jumping rooftops, Charles is thrown into the New York City block life he’d previously ignored. Whether it’s the precocious kid upstairs, a power-tripping cop, or some wise Scandinavian swingers, Charles finds that the self-discovery he desperately needs can be found in his community. This heartfelt and funny romp around a NYC block is made all the more endearing by a phenomenal Brian Tyree Henry (If Beale Street Could Talk, MVFF41) as Charles.


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Additional Information

Casimir Nozkowski is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has been featured on The Tonight Show, NBC, MSNBC, PBS, AMC, IFC, and NPR, written about in the New York Times and shown at The Museum of Modern Art. Nozkowski has made over 100 short films, as well as wrote and produced trailers for Mad Men and Breaking Bad. Many projects have premiered at Sundance, Tribeca, Telluride, SXSW, San Diego Comic Con, Woodstock, and Hot Docs. Recent work includes writing and directing the short films IDAC (2016 Hot Docs) and Don't Freak Out and editing the ESPN documentary The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere (2016 Sundance Film Festival).