is a PBS documentary (live streaming through March 6) that follows two middle class African-American boys, Idris and Seun, who enter The Dalton School
as young children, and follows them for 13 years. [more inside]
Rights And Reactions: Lesbian & Gay Rights On Trial
is a 1987 documentary about the culmination in 1986 of the struggle to pass "Intro 2", the New York City "Gay Rights Bill", which prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation in matters of housing, employment, and public accommodation. Made by Phil Zwickler
and Jane Lippman, it is available in 3 Quicktime segments: Part 1
(22m), Part 2
(19m), Part 3
(16m). Total running time: 56m. [more inside]
A German tourist films a trip to New York City in 1983 and 86: Times Square, The Subway
The Responsive Eye.
Brian De Palma's 1966 film (25 mins) of the opening night of New York MOMA's 'The Responsive Eye' exhibition on op art.
"Toity poiple boids / Sittin on da koib / A-choipin an’ a-boipin / An’ eatin doity woims."
From Atlantic Avenue to Zerega Avenue (map
), the kinds of New York City accents
made famous by the likes of Archie Bunker, Jimmy Breslin and Travis Bickle are disappearing
. But though you may not often hear “foath floah” for "fourth floor" in Manhattan anymore
, documentary filmmaker Heather Quinlan knows
you can still hear strains of the old mellifluous tones in Brooklyn
, Staten Island
, and the Bronx
, and that's exactly what she's setting out to document in her film If These Knishes Could Talk
Here's a wonderful and visually creative document (complete with a curious and elaborate musical soundtrack and voices of actual barkers) of one full day in the life of Coney Island USA 1952
. A fascinating glimpse of a bygone era! See also: Coney Island of the 1940s
, and this color amateur film (with some surprisingly arty shots), Springtime at Coney Island 1944
"At once sublime and witty, the 26 minutes of Meetin' WA consist of an interview Jean-Luc Godard conducted in 1986 with Woody Allen, the director of What's Up, Tigerlilly and Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (and soon to be featured in the final moments of Godard's abortive Cannon Pictures' King Lear). The chat itself is amiable enough; certainly avoiding any conceivable adversarial notes; but this, along with the New York setting (giving Allen the home field advantage as it were) does nothing to prevent a visible anxiety from growing on the part of the filmmaker as the interview goes on."