"Poekel and cinematographer Sean Price Williams do a grand job of capturing the sleepy, hazy feeling of a late night when it seems like you're the only person left in New York City."
- Jenni Miller, The Playlist
"Feels like a throwback to the kind of New York character study someone like Jerry Schatzberg (“Panic in Needle Park”) or Hal Ashby (“The Landlord”) might have dreamt up back in the ’70s."
-Peter Debruge, Variety
"A low-key mixture of American indie tropes and Christmas chestnuts."
- Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter
For a fifth consecutive December, a heartbroken Noel returns to New York City to work the night shift at a sidewalk Christmas tree lot. Devoid of any holiday spirit, he struggles to stay awake during the long, chilly nights in his trailer, while the daytime traffic keeps him from getting any real rest. As he slowly spirals into despair, he comes to the aid of a mysterious young woman in the park. Her warming presence, matched with some colorful customers, help rescue him from self-destruction.
Directed and Written by Charles Poekel
Produced by Charles Poekel
Cinematography by Sean Price Williams
Edited by Robert Greene
Starring: Kentucker Audley and Hannah Gross
Festivals: Sundance Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, Maryland Film Festival, Oak Cliff Film Festival and more