Tribeca 2019: Nick Borenstein’s 99 and Sweater

Actor-filmmaker Nick Borenstein had a pair of shorts, 99 and Sweater, screen in the Tribeca N.O.W. program during the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.

Both of these are very different films but they’re both comedies.  In 99, both mother (Kathryn Markey) and son (Borenstein) are shopping in a 99 cent store for a bar mitzvah gift.  She’s a frequent customer so it comes as no surprise that many of the store’s employees know who she is.  How frequent?  She’s there frequently enough that they know when to set something aside for her.

CREATOR/SCREENWRITER:  Nick Borenstein
CAST:  Nick Borenstein, Kathryn Markey, Omar Shaukat, X Mayo

As for Sweater, a guy (Borenstein) is off to a bad day after a potential date never gets off the ground.  It gets worse when he drops a pizza while being asked to take a photo for a newly engaged couple.  The only saving grace comes when he gets a free coffee.  This wouldn’t feel so out of place if it weren’t for the whole flash mob dream-like sequence.  The flash mob comes out of nowhere to tell you the truth.

CREATOR/SCREENWRITER:  Nick Borenstein
CAST:  Nick Borenstein, Jonathan Marballi, Evan Hoyt Thompson, Lauren Ireland, Daniel Jaffe, Yedoye Travis

Both 99 and Sweater held their world premiere during the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival in the Tribeca N.O.W. program.

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.

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