The Life of Peter Gottlieb

Fresh off a bitter divorce, college professor, Peter Gottlieb, falls for his student, Sabrina Carbonowitz. All hell breaks loose when Sabrina goes missing and two hard-boiled detectives make Peter public enemy number one in this broken romantic comedy.

  • Sam Centrella
  • Sam Centrella
  • Reuben Barsky
    Blue Bloods, FBI: Most Wanted, Teddy Bear
  • Justin Begnaud
    A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Super Troopers 2, True Memoirs of an International Assassin, Chef
  • Reuben Barsky
  • Sam Loshiavo
  • Mike Marsdale
  • Reuben Barsky
    Key Cast
    "Peter Gottlieb"
  • Erica Pappas
    Key Cast
    "Sabrina Carbonowitz"
    Katy Keene, Heels, Love Life, Sweetbitter
  • Giorgio Panetta
    Key Cast
    "Detective Reno"
    Law & Order: Organized Crime, Pose, The Blacklist, Wu Tang: An American Saga
  • Sam Centrella
    Key Cast
    "Detective Murphy"
    Law & Order: Organized Crime
  • Tonya Pinkins
    Key Cast
    "Dean Fendleman"
    Women of the Movement, The Surrogate, Enchanted, Gotham, 11.22.63, Fear the Walking Dead, Madam Secretary
  • Greer Barnes
    Key Cast
    "Lieutenant Harvey Mac"
    That Damn Michael Che, Crashing, Joker, Red Oaks, Chappelle's Show, Top Five
  • William Apps
    Key Cast
    "Lenny Carbonowitz"
    American Rust
  • Tommy Buck
    Key Cast
    "Jasper Knox"
    The Last Thing Mary Saw, Escape at Dannemora, The Deuce, The Morning Show, The Blacklist, Law & Order: SVU
  • Joe Duva
    Director of Photography
    LostFound, Off-Duty, The Girl and Mrs. Blake, Sweatpants
  • Courtney Marquard
    Spinning Gold, Marry Me, Little Women, Seth Rogen's Hilarity for Charity
  • Reuben Barsky
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  • Genres:
    Dark comedy, Thriller, Action, Comedic-Thriller
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 32 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    185,000 USD
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Blackmagic Raw
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Director Biography - Sam Centrella

Sam Centrella is a writer and director based in Brooklyn, NY. Sam directed and co-wrote his debut feature "The Life of Peter Gottlieb,” which will premiere in 2023. Sam's first play “Nutley'll Be There Tomorrow” premiered at The New York Theatre Festival at the Teatro Latea in Manhattan. He recently directed a short film written by Andy Polk, starring Hank Azaria and Kelly McAndrew. In 2017, Sam co-founded Tookany Creek Productions with fellow collaborators Reuben Barsky and Giorgio Panetta.

Sam focuses primarily on narrative storytelling in film and on stage. He likes larger than life characters, visceral acting and quotable dialogue. Music means the world to him, and is an important part of all his work.

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Director Statement

I made this film with my two best friends from acting school because we love the same movies, we laugh at the same jokes and have the same story to tell. I am interested in unconventional love stories that reflect our experience. We're Cassavete's influenced, blue-collar hopeless romantics.

We're three men who love intense art. Reuben Barsky not only stars as Peter Gottlieb but also composed and performed all of the music for the film. Giorgio Panetta not only stars as Detective Reno, but was also instrumental at building out sets in his father's construction company's warehouse in Paterson N.J. My parents lent me their house to shoot in Brick N.J.

From the sets to the sounds, this movie is us. It's a truly authentic film, with our voice, our writing and our storytelling.

We hope you enjoy, more to come from Tookany Creek Productions.