"Dad did wake us up one morning," Benny says, "and our bunkbed was the only thing that was not packed up." Josh picks it up from there: "And he was like, 'We've got to go.' And I was like, 'What about school?' He was like, 'No, no, no. We've got to get into the truck.' And we got into the truck, and we moved to the outskirts of Queens. And our mom got a phone call: 'Why aren't the kids at school?' And she called our dad's number, and it was re-routed. We were just sitting there in the new apartment, and we plugged the phone in, and the second we plugged it in, it started ringing. It was our mother." (Amazingly, Daddy producer Tom Scott got the brothers a 10-minute segment on CNN for the David Goldman story, as firsthand experts on familial kidnapping.)

The next Safdie Brothers film, set in Manhattan's Jewelry District, will also be partially inspired by their father. Benny's memories of him coming home with cases full of gems dovetail into the brothers' romanticization of a New York City where the sleaze sparkles. But with few visible signs left of the Manhattan in which a 14-year-old Josh roamed 42nd Street trying to get into strip clubs (or where a young Benny once watched two men move his father's car out of its prime parking space by lifting it), the pair have their radars for romantic sleaze pointed west.

"I want to live above a fading Buster Keaton mural-adorned grate in Hollywood," Josh moons. "I want to help scrub the stars with my toothbrush."

Father and sons: Ronald Bronstein with Sage and Frey Ranaldo
Sundance Film Festival/BAMcinématek
Father and sons: Ronald Bronstein with Sage and Frey Ranaldo

'Daddy Long Legs' will screen at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 28, at BAM, followed by a Q&A with the Safdie brothers

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