Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  27 minutes
Date:  2015
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Color/BW:  Color
Closed captioning available
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Fate of a Salesman

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An intimate portrait of a way of life on the verge of disappearing.

Fate of a Salesman

Fate of a Salesman is an intimate portrait of a way of life on the verge of disappearing. In its 60th year of business, Men's Fashion Center in Washington, DC has come to represent identity, legacy and redemption for salesmen Willie and Steve and owner Jerry. But business has crawled to a halt in the face of a tough economy and changing neighborhood, pushing the store to the verge of closure. Set amidst racks of pin-striped suits and feathered hats- the clothing of a bygone era- the men struggle to redefine themselves as the place with which they have long identified begins to vanish.

'Inspiring, courageous, and heart-felt... Not to be missed!' - Examiner

'An insightful, stylish documentary.' - DC Filmdom

'Lovingly crafted.' - DCist

'Chronicles the store's final year with wonderful, gentle curiosity and wistful imagery.' - Washington City Paper


** Regional Emmy Winner (Documentary/Topical) 2014
** Audience Award, Best Short Documentary, 2014 Decade of Docs
** Audience Award, Best Short Documentary, 2014 Annapolis Film Festival
** 2014 Smithsonian Anacostia Museum
** Juror's Choice Award, 2013 Black Maria Film Festival
** 2013 Indianapolis International Film Festival


Main credits

Crosbie, Ben (film producer)
Crosbie, Ben (film director)
Crosbie, Ben (film editor)
Moran, Tessa (film producer)
Moran, Tessa (film director)
Moran, Tessa (film editor)

Other credits

Original music, Ari Ingber.

Distributor credits

A film by Ben Crosbie and Tessa Moran

Docuseek2 subjects

American Studies
Retail Sector
Urban Studies

Distributor subjects

American Studies
Closed Captioned


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