Film
SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE

STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN

Directed by Matt Ratner
FEATURE NARRATIVE 91 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN
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.

Matt Ratner’s feature debut is a poignant, warmhearted comedy anchored by its leads’ easy rapport and Crystal’s boundless charisma. Nate Corddry and Grace Gummer round out a strong supporting cast in this ode to companionship and facing failure together.

—Pamela Nemoto
New York, Comedy, Drama
About the Director(s)
After studying theater at Northwestern and spending several years working in politics and government, 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.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Spotlight Narrative
  • Year:
    2019
  • Length:
    91 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Cinematographer:
    Noah M. Rosenthal
  • Editor:
    Shayar Bhansali
  • Director:
    Matt Ratner
  • Producer:
    Chris Mangano, Matt Ratner, Rick Rosenthal, John Hermann, Gabrielle Nadig
  • Cast:
    Billy Crystal, Ben Schwartz, Eloise Mumford, Grace Gummer, Nate Corddry, Debra Monk, Kevin Dunn
  • Screenwriter:
    Peter Hoare

Contacts
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    New York, New York 10016
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  • US Sales Contact
    Nick Ogiony
    Creative Artists Agency
    Los Angeles, CA 90067
    Phone: 424 288 2000
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  • Print Source
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    Whitewater Films
    Los Angeles, CA 90025
    Phone: 310 575 5800
    sarahjaye@whitewaterfilms.com
  • International Sales Contact
    Nick Ogiony
    Creative Artists Agency
    Los Angeles, CA 90067
    Phone: 424 288 2000
    filmsales@caa.com