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.

 

OUR TEAM


JON MILLER
DIRECTOR, CAMERA, EDITOR

Jon Miller is an editor for nonfiction TV and films.  His work has appeared on Discovery, A&E, Animal Planet, DIY, The Weather Channel, & Smithsonian, including the hit shows Released, 60 Days In, and Yukon Men. Other clients have included UNICEF, NYCHA, & Mercy College. Standing Up is his first feature.


COLIN BERNATZKY
CAMERA, CO-PRODUCER

Colin Bernatzky is a Peltason Fellow for the Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of California, Irvine, where he currently studies narrative, culture, cognition and social movements as a PhD student in Sociology.


KATIE ACCARDO
CO-PRODUCER

Katie Accardo is a full-time student pursuing a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Pace University. She has worked as a literacy instructor and freelance writer/copy editor, and has held various roles in social justice-focused non-profit organizations. Standing Up is her first feature.


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KENT BASSETT
EDITOR

Kent Bassett is a filmmaker from Arizona. He directed “The Line," a short film about the humanitarian crisis at the border, which won the ASC's Heritage Award. An Emmy-nominated editor, he directed and edited a forthcoming documentary, This Might Hurt, about the mind-body medical cure for people with chronic pain.


KIM WOODARD, GREG HENRY & ISAAC HOLUB AS LUCKY8
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

LUCKY 8 TV is an unscripted film and television production company launched in 2014 by veteran producers and partners Kim Woodard, Greg Henry, Isaac Holub and George Kralovansky, whose combined skills fill the spectrum from comedy to science, and from blue-chip documentary to access-driven journalism. In just two years, Lucky 8 has produced a broad range of programming across a variety of networks and genres. Current series and event specials include Iwo Jima: A Hero Revealed and Alaska Aircrash Investigations for Smithsonian Channel; the top-rated, critically acclaimed 60 Days in and Behind Bars: Rookie Year for A&E; Kids BBQ Championship for Food Network; and 3 Scientists Walk Into a Bar for Weather Channel.  

 
 

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