Standing Up

How far would you go for a laugh?

"Standing Up" is a feature-length documentary following three radically different, aspiring New York comedians. David Finklestein, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, is caught between two irreconcilable worlds and must perform in secret. Sara Parks, a young transplant from Texas, endures degrading work and even homelessness pursuing her dream. Raafat Toss, a deeply unsatisfied personal injury lawyer and father-to-be, searches for creative fulfillment and struggles to translate his hilarious personality to the stage.

 

ABOUT THE FILM

"Standing Up" is a feature length documentary following three unlikely aspiring comedians: an ultra-Orthodox Jew, a custodian, and a personal injury lawyer. Shot over the course of two years, the film is a revealing look at the cutthroat NYC comedy scene through the eyes of the last three people you’d expect to step up to a mic.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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