Safe Spaces

2019 | USA | NR | 93 min.


State Theatre Sat, Aug 3, 2019 6:00 PM
Film Info
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Release Year:2019
Runtime:93 min.
Premiere Status:Midwest Premiere
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Daniel Schechter
Produced by:Courtenay Johnson
Lawrence Greenberg
Jordan Kessler
Screenwriter:Daniel Schechter
Cinematography:Gregory J. Wilson
Editing By:Daniel Schechter
Cast:Justin Long
Fran Drescher
Richard Schiff
Dana Eskelson


Comedy and drama collide in this witty New York City story about navigating life and family in the modern age by TCFF alum Daniel Schechter (Life of Crime, 2014; Supporting Characters, 2012). Josh (Justin Long) is a young and hip adjunct professor of Creative Writing who knows how to stay relevant with his students. Or so he thinks. When his “cool” teaching style ends up triggering a female student, his classroom becomes divided and his career tenuous. To make matters worse, his beloved grandmother has fallen ill, forcing his dysfunctional family to come together and face the transgressions of the past. As he earnestly bumbles his way through each cringe-inducing calamity, Josh begins to discover just how clueless he might be about his privilege in all aspects of life. With exceptional performances from its supremely talented supporting cast, including Fran Drescher, Richard Schiff, and Lynn Cohen, this honest and heartfelt film speaks to both the specificity of the moment and the timelessness of familial bonds. In Person: Director Daniel Schechter, Producer Courtenay Johnson.