Leaving Circadia

LEAVING CIRCADIA is a romantic dramedy that follows the misadventures of Tom, the slacker superintendent of a Brooklyn brownstone apartment building, and his only slightly more responsible buddies, chronicling the difficult transition from the happy-go-lucky lifestyle of their twenties to the often harsh reality of thirties adulthood.

Tom is a gifted artist and an even more skilled slacker, wasting away his days working as a building superintendent for his domineering landlord Nat and pissing off local businessmen like Reece by flyering their cars. In his spare time, he bums around with his band of buddies, Ray, Will and Colin.

Life around Tom begins to change when beautiful career-minded Collette moves into the building. As Tom becomes smitten with the new lady above him, Ray's relationship with girlfriend Jackie hits a crossroads, as does Will's rocky marriage. Soon tension arises between Tom and another new tenant, recently divorced Davis , whose interests might threaten Tom's romantic possibilities…

In modern American culture, where the theme of post-college hipsters moving back into their parents' basements has become somewhat cliché, Leaving Circadia seeks to shine a light on a largely unexamined yet ubiquitous segment of the population: the non-hipster, sometimes professional, emerging adult, whose twenties are now in the rearview — those whose settled-in routines have now begun to define not only who they are but who they'll become. The landscape is slightly different, but the rules remain the same. No matter where we go, how old we get, or what habits we adopt, we can only truly grow up once we learn to look within.

Movie Specifications

  • Genre
    • Romantic Comedy
    • Drama
  • US Rating
    • Unrated
  • Theatrical Runtime
    • 86 minutes
  • Edited Runtime
    • Not yet available
  • Airline Release Date
    • February 2016
  • Rights Available
    • Worldwide
  • Country of Origin
    • USA
  • Lab
    • Cinemagnetics
  • Cast
    • Michael Cerveris
    • Evan Mathew Weinstein
    • Ashley C. Williams
    • Christian Coulson
  • Director
    • Mathew Weinstein
  • Original Language
    • English
  • Available Dubbed Versions
    • Created upon request
  • Available Subtitled Versions
    • Created upon request


Director's Statement

The early twenties post-college phase has been portrayed many times on film and television. Sometimes it consists of characters returning to live in their parents' basement. Usually someone is in the entertainment industry- either working on a screenplay or struggling with an acting career. Many times there's a hipster college grad, someone dealing with their first job…

When I set out to write “Leaving Circadia”, the objective was to tell a current ‘coming of age’ tale that a wide demographic could recognize and appreciate. A tale about the largely neglected post-post college phase at the doorstep of thirty. The age where life's rhythms have had a decade to settle in. For many people at this point, dreams have gone unrealized and comfortability has taken charge.

Because we live in an information crazed 'that-was-so-five-minutes-ago' culture, it’s getting tougher for people to find the time to slow down and look inward. Accepting the burden of bad habits, unrealized dreams, and unhealthy relationships has become a norm- and a recipe for loneliness.

Leaving Circadia examines a group of people with normal jobs and relationships, who are all approaching a point of change on that road of comfortability. Perhaps by engaging in their struggles, the audience can take away a message of understanding, and hope.