Logan George & Celine Held


Zhaila Farmer

Celine Held

Jared Abrahamson



March 25, 2022

In Select Theaters and On Demand

*WINNER – SXSW 2020 – Special Jury Recognition for Directing*
*WINNER – 2020 Venice International Film Festival -Mario Serandrei Award for Technical Achievement*

TOPSIDE, a riveting feature debut from Logan George and Celine Held, set deep in the underbelly of New York City. Held also stars, alongside astonishing first-time performer Zhaila Farmer, in this affecting tale of the deep love and sacrifice rooted in the parent-child bond. The film premiered at South by Southwest (SXSW) in 2020, taking the jury award for Best Director, and went on to play the 2020 Venice International Film Festival, where it was awarded the Mario Serandrei Award for Best Technical Achievement. Vertical Entertainment will open the film in select theatres and on digital and VOD platforms on Friday, March 25, 2022.

SYNOPSIS – Underneath the streets of New York City, a five-year-old girl and her mother live among a community that has claimed long-abandoned subway tunnels as home. When the pair is forced to flee above ground into a cold winter night, mother and daughter are plunged into a challenging world of chaos and tragedy that makes their uncertain underground life seem idyllic in comparison. TOPSIDE deftly weaves escalating suspense with sharp bursts of humanity in a nocturnal urban tangle.