New York City and Minneapolis collide in a new romance featuring Michael Imperioli that made its premiere at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. NY1's Elizabeth Kaledin filed the following report.
The new indie drama "Stuck Between Stations" bridges Minneapolis and New York City in every way. Sam Rosen, the star and co-writer of the film, is a Minnesota native who now lives in TriBeCa. He drew on friends from both cities to tell the tale of a soldier home on leave from Afghanistan who falls in love with his childhood crush over the course of one night in Minneapolis. But while Rosen says the film is personal, it isn't strictly autobiographical.
"Every location in the movie I've hung out at, lived in or worked at, basically. The plot, the story? Not at all. Not at all. It's just the world that it takes place in is the world that we come from, Nat and I and a bunch of the other actors, the whole crew was Minnesota," Rosen said.
One exception was Michael Imperioli, who is Rosen's neighbor in Manhattan. Imperioli says he agreed to help his friends from Minnesota because the script spoke to him.
"It's a character who's in a complicated relationship who kind of wants to have his cake and eat it too, and he's trying to be a good guy about it but he's not really being truthful to himself and to his wife and his girlfriend. So I thought it was an interesting dilemma for somebody to be in," Imperioli said.
Rosen says the title of "Stuck Between Stations" was inspired by the song of the same name by Minneapolis-bred and Brooklyn-based indie rockers The Hold Steady, whose frontman Craig Finn was on hand for the premiere.
"It's funny, it took this movie for me to get to know Sam, but he's been a real cool friend since he got in touch through this. But yeah, it's Minneapolis and New York, and from what I've seen -- the trailer -- it makes Minneapolis look as beautiful as I think it is," Finn said.
For more information on "Stuck Between Stations," visit tribecafilm.com.