Competition Narrative Feature
The Outside Story
Directed by: Casimir Nozkowsk
USA, 2020, 85m
Southeast Premiere/2nd US Screening
Casimir Nozkowski’s debut comedy The Outside Story delivers with humor and tenderness the story of Brooklyn-based Charles (Brian Tyree Henry, Atlanta), an introverted film editor, and his frustrated girlfriend, Isha (Sonequa Martin-Green, Star Trek Discovery). When Charles breaks up with her for kissing another girl, he’s left alone for the first time in three years. On a deadline to finish an In Memoriam video of a famous actor, who is on his deathbed, Charles is jolted outside his comfort zone when he locks himself out of his apartment. Heartbroken, shoeless, and up against a ticking deadline, Charles’s situation is every introvert’s worst nightmare. Forced to meet his neighbors—an ensemble cast of colorful characters including Asia Kate Dillon (Billions), Sunita Mani (GLOW), Olivia Edward (Better Things), and Michael Cyril Creighton (Spotlight)—Charles must find solace in the world he’s avoided in order to find his way back to what’s really important.