A New York Heartbeat
A young gang leader named Spider finds himself in over his head when he steals a suitcase of money from Casket Mike, a notorious gangster. On the run and wounded, Spider finds refuge with Tamara, a sheltered young woman whose reclusive uncle is the legendary crime lord, Big Didi. Spider is safe for the time being, but completely dependent on Tamara, a girl with a mind of her own. When Big Didi discovers Spider, the old gangster offers cold cash to kill Casket Mike. But there’s one catch – he can never see Tamara again. Now Spider is faced with the decision of his life: to enter a full-fledged life of crime or make a choice for real love.
A NEW YORK HEARTBEAT was a quarter-finalist for the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship, won New Filmmakers Los Angeles Best Feature Film 2013, and launched Golden Globe-winner Rachel Brosnahan’s career.
“If a film can be both beautiful and desolate, this is a successful example. It’s brooding, shadow-filled film noir, only in color.”
"Spider’s crew of hoodlums has more in common with the kids in Stand by Me than big-screen mafiosos … the speed with which the gang is swept up into trouble is a remedy to 100 bloated Hollywood setups."