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Living for the City: Patrick Stettner

For filmmaker NY has sense of communication from within

Writer-director and New York native Patrick Stettner’s first feature, “The Business of Strangers,” starring Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles, preemed at Sundance to critical acclaim and most recently screened at Deauville.

Indie scene: “It’s kind of this weird Amish community. We don’t build each other’s barns but there’s definitely a sense of communication within. You know who the indie-friendly actors are, the good and bad vendors, the crew, the labs. Although playing six degrees of separation isn’t all that fun because everybody knows each other.”

Recent events: “I’m really proud of everybody in New York. We overcame the misconception that everybody is indifferent to each other. The next day, it was impossible to volunteer because there were thousands lined up and that was amazing.”

Coping: “I still ride the subway. You can’t change your life, that would be allowing (terrorists) to win. Some people think I’m crazy — you gotta leave New York — but you can get hit anywhere. You can get hit by a car. I feel it’s important (to stay). I’m really lucky that my family and all my friends are safe.”

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