How to Follow Strangers has the pleasure of breaking the news; Chioke Nassor’s “How to Follow Strangers” will open the 2013 L.E.S. Film Festival at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on June 13th.

The film follows two interconnected stories. The first has roots in the true story of a woman who passed away in her Manhattan apartment and wasn’t discovered for a year. Chris Roberti steps in as Casey, a man who becomes so obsessed with the incident that he fakes his own disappearance to find out whether or not anyone would realize he’s gone. The other portion focuses on Ellie, a woman who regularly sees Casey during her daily commute and actually does notice when he’s gone. When she happens to cross paths with him outside that routine, she opts to follow him.

The L.E.S. Film Festival is dedicated to honoring independent films in all forms including features, shorts, documentaries, experimental, foreign and animation. The event takes place from June 13th through June 23rd at the Landmark Sunshine Cinemas, Anthology Film Archives, The Crosby St. Hotel and other Lower East Side venues in New York City with a special preview party taking place on May 15th at Casa Mezcal’s Obra Negra from 8 to 11pm.

Check out the full press release as well as the festival’s official poster below and keep an eye on for all the latest information.


New York — Lower East Side Film Festival Directors Damon Cardasis, Tony Castle, Roxy Hunt and Shannon Walker announced today that “How To Follow Strangers” will open the 2013 L.E.S* Film Festival at Landmark Sunshine Cinema, June 13. 2013. More For Less At The Movies, the L.E.S* Film Festival shows low budget independent films in all categories: features, shorts, documentaries, experimental, foreign and animation.

Tickets will be available for sale starting Wednesday, May 15 at Landmark Sunshine Cinema, 143 East Houston Street between the hours of 12:30pm to 2:30pm as well as online at The Festival Directors will be distributing free product from sponsor Pop Chips and on hand to answer questions from interested parties looking to find out more information about the festival or wanting to purchase tickets.

L.E.S* is thrilled to open their 2013 festival with “How To Follow Strangers” directed by Chioke Nassor and starring Broad City’s Ilana Glazer.

There is a true story of a woman who died in her apartment and it took people a year to find her body decomposing in a crisp Chanel suit. A young man becomes obsessed with this urban tragedy and disappears, wondering if anyone will notice. A young woman who shares his commuting schedule DOES notice. And when he resurfaces, she decides to follow him setting of a chain of events that may eventually bind them together…

Chioke Nassor has directed and written short films starring Steve Buscemi, Gina Gershon, and Kieran Culkin, including “The Gina Gershon Sex Tape”, viewed over 2 million times online. He’s written for the three- time Emmy Award winning production company, Goldfish Pictures, developing television shows and feature projects. Mr. Nassor is also the director for the recently completed TV on the Radio Tour Documentary “Minor/Major.”

Ilana Glazer is the co-creator/star of the cult web series, Broad City, which is currently being adapted for television with Amy Poehler (star of NBC’s Parks and Recreation/Saturday Night Live) serving as Executive Producer along with Dave Becky (Executive Producer of HBO’s Bored to Death and FX’s Louie). This past year Ms. Glazer was nominated by ECNY (Excellence in Comedy in New York) for Best Emerging Comic and has been a featured comedian in Time Out New York, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Fader, and The Huffington Post.

The L.E.S* Film Festival runs June 13 – 23rd at Landmark Sunshine Cinemas, Anthology Film Archives, The Crosby St Hotel and other Lower East Side venues. Judges for this year’s festival include writer and director Rebecca Miller, SAG Award winner and comedian Judah Friedlander, Academy Award Nominees Dan Janvey (“Beasts Of The Southern Wild”), Travis Knight (“ParaNorman”), David France (“How To Survive A Plague”), producers Lars Knudsen and Jay VanHoy, (“Beginners”), Emmy Winner Jerry Kupfer (“30 Rock”), Bladimiar Norman of The Weinstein Company, Jason Janego of TWC Radius, documentary filmmaker Mark Becker, cinematographer Clyde E. Bryan and DJ’s AndrewAndrew.

A preview party for this year’s festival will be held on Wednesday, May 15th at Casa Mezcal’s Obra Negra from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. Tickets will soon be available for $15 and will include free wine bar and a film screening of this year’s upcoming program as well as past L.E.S* Award Winners.

L.E.S* is also partnering with the Writers Guild of America to feature a panel on June 17th that will feature Tamara Jenkins, Ira Sachs, Stu Zicherman, and Craig Zobel. Other special events, panels, live music performances, and the festival film line up will be announced in the near future. More information and updates can be found at

LES Film Festival Poster

By Perri Nemiroff

By Perri Nemiroff

Film producer and director best known for her work in movies such as FaceTime, Trevor, and The Professor. She has worked as an online movie blogger and reporter for sites such as,, Shockya, and MTV's Movies Blog.

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