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Montine McLeod (Academy Award® nominee Melissa Leo) is a world-weary flight attendant who is one more warning away from being fired for her unfriendly countenance with passengers. Alienated from her own family—her mother is dying of Alzheimer's and her preacher brother is shunned from his small-town community for certain indiscretions—she is lonely and unhappy. Meanwhile, when 10-year-old Omar Hassan is awarded a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, his father seizes the opportunity to give his sweet and precocious son a better life than his—driving a taxi by night and working as a janitor by day. Under the custodianship of Montine, Omar is put on a flight to Los Angeles on the morning of September 11, 2001….

When news of the attacks break, Omar and Montine are grounded in Longview, Texas. After learning of the boy's direct connection to the tragic events, McLeod musters the compassion she could never afford her own family and embarks on an unsanctioned cross-country road trip to an uncertain future in New York City. Leo delivers a heartfelt performance alongside a strong cast directed by actor Travis Fine, who conceived of the story while working as a first officer pilot on a regional jet for American Airlines.

Film Information
Year: 2010
Length: 90 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Primary Cast: Melissa Leo, Brad William Henke, AnnaSophia Robb, Phillip Rhys, Anthony Keyvan
Director: Travis Fine
Screenwriter: Travis Fine
Producer: Travis Fine, Kristine Fine
Editor: Tom Cross
Director of Photography: Marc Shap
Composer: Joey Newman
Press Contacts

Print Source
Tina Fineberg
Associated press
New York, NY 10020
Phone: 212-621-1902

Print Source
Tina Fineberg
Associated press
New York, NY 10020
Phone: 212-621-1902

About the Director(s)
Travis Fine left a successful acting, writing, and directing career after being deeply affected by 9/11. He enrolled in flight school and forged a new path as a screenwriting airline pilot. The concept for The Space Between took shape while Travis was in the flight deck of a commercial airliner on autopilot at 36,000 feet.


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