Brooklyn Daily Eagle
“The Closer,” a movie shot and based in Brooklyn that aims to portray the real estate boom and bust of 2008, sold out its premiere tickets as part of the Manhattan Film Festival weeks before the event, which took place April 19.
The Manhattan premiere came after the film had won several awards in the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, including Best Feature Film Award, Best Director of Feature Film (Eli Hershko), Best Actor in a Feature Film (Patrick Duke Conboy) and Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Park).
"The Closer" recently won Best Action Feature Film award in the Manhattan Film Festival.
Written by filmmaker Eli Hershko and Isaac Broyn, “The Closer” is Broyn’s first feature film and he self-financed the project. The movie is inspired by true events he faced while working in the real estate market. Broyn says the film “is about scams, greed and the bad players in the real estate industry leading up to and including the 2008 housing collapse.” Broyn said that after seeing lives torn apart in 2008, he “wanted to do this project in order to highlight the bad in the industry in the hopes that this does not happen again.”
Screening at seven different film festivals around the world, “The Closer” brings with it a message about the destructive effects of unregulated markets. Hershko, who runs Conjured Visions, a production company, said “The Closer” is the “Boiler Room” of real estate, and said he feels it offers a different perspective than those expressed in “99 Homes” and “The Big Short.”
Both Hershko and Broyn are using this film as a platform to discuss these malicious events and to prevent future repetition and are looking forward to sharing these experiences with the world. “We feel that the film highlights important lessons to be learned from 2008, while also dealing with love, betrayal, friendship and criminal activity. There is a lot of action; the film should keep you glued to your seats!”