Standing Up, Falling Down Starring Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) and Billy Crystal
Things are not going according to plan for Scott (Ben Schwartz), a stand-up comedian begrudgingly returning to Long Island after striking out on the Los Angeles comedy scene. He’s humiliated to move back in with his family and haunted by what could have been with Becky (Eloise Mumford), the hometown girlfriend he abruptly left for the West Coast. Wracked with doubt and facing the prospect of a soul-crushing “real” job, Ben finds an unexpected connection with Marty (Billy Crystal), a local dermatologist and charming barfly with a penchant for karaoke. Scott learns that Marty’s larger-than-life personality and alcoholism mask past disappointments of his own. As their unlikely friendship evolves, Marty and Scott find the strength to start confronting their long-simmering regrets.
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After studying theater at Northwestern and spending several years working in politics and government, Matt Ratner moved to Los Angeles and started Tilted Windmill Productions. A lifetime as a Cleveland sports fan prepared him for the volatile nature of the film business. Standing Up, Falling Down is his directorial debut.
Presented by the JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival