Oscilloscope Laboratories plans a 2014 release after it announced that it had acquired all North American rights to Sam Fleischner’s Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors .

Directed by Fleischner from a script by Rose Lichter-Mark and Micah Bloomberg, the film tells the story of Ricky, a 13-year-old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome who gets lost in the New York City subway system.

While his mother searches for him above ground, the sensory-sensitive Ricky is exposed to the cacophony, eccentricity and menace found in New York’s underground.

Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival where it won the special jury prize in the narrative feature section and had its international premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. 

It will next be seen in Sundance’s inaugural Next Weekend festival which starts on Thursday [8] and runs through Aug 8 in Los Angeles.

“We knew this film was an ideal fit for us the moment we saw it,” said O-scope’s Dan Berger and David Laub. “Not only does it showcase the work of an exciting young filmmaker and tell a compelling, original story, but it is also a quintessential New York film, capturing the mood and feel of the city in a way few films do any more. We’re thrilled to have it join our roster.”

Andrew Neel, Veronica Nickel, Dave Saltzman and Craig Shilowich produced for M_ss_ng P_eces and SeeThink Films.