A young kid escapes life on the streets of New York City by stealing video cameras with his friends and retreating into the footage he's found.


Ed Radtke
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Credited cast:
Jeremy Allen White ... Sammer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Appel
Agnes Brenson Agnes Brenson ... Annas sister
Gilbert Cruz ... Security guard
Joelee Cummings Joelee Cummings ... Danelle
Noah Fleiss ... Vincent
Blaze Foster Blaze Foster ... Juan-Si
Catrina Ganey ... Marnie
Ben Garchar Ben Garchar ... Man Yelling Outside Bathroom
Ella Garrett Ella Garrett ... Granma
Melissa Gundersen Melissa Gundersen ... Skating Double Anna
Bari Hyman ... Director of Animal Shelter
Christine Toy Johnson ... Eye Doctor
Anna Kinens Anna Kinens ... Girl in Wheelchair
Louisa Krause ... Jule


An audience favorite at festivals worldwide, The Speed of Life is about a NYC kid who steals video cameras from tourists. He and his friends skip school, camp on rooftops, and dream of being in the Olympics. But they must also deal with grown ups. Wavering between fantasy and the harsh reality of NYC, they soon discover not all tourists are happy and cameras can indeed fly. Even if people cannot.

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A beautiful and complete script!
9 August 2007 | by susan6666See all my reviews

I had the pleasure of watching and reviewing this project. It is a tremendously tight story with a fantastic cast and amazingly strong character arcs. Every story corner is covered : a must see when released! A beautiful treasure among a sea of superficial mayhem. Hopefully this will be picked up soon as it's certain to be a crowd pleaser. Ed Radtke continues to grow in his scope of life and what is beyond. I understand he spent many years tweaking and refining this story so that every possible angle and thrust was covered and trust me it shows. Using local talent in New York and a fine crew of enthusiastic professionals who were willing to explore new possibilities in experimental camera work is, in itself, evident in this refreshing and uplifting film. I wish every Hollywood project would contain the integrity that this films exudes. Kudos Ed Radkte!

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2007 (USA) See more »

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Superheroes See more »

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New York City, New York, USA


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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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