“Brave New York” & “Radioactive City”
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BRAVE NEW YORK
55 minutes| USA | 2004
Shooting daily video from 1992 to 2004, “Brave New York” is a free-form documentary that loosely chronicles 12 years of intense change in the East Village “hood.” From the reopening of the newly curfew-ed Tompkins Square Park, and Wigstock, in ’92, to the destruction and sale of the cherished Loisaida Community Gardens, to the yuppie invasions of the dot com years, to the present era, indelibly stamped with post 9/11 grief, this durable, lusty neighborhood survives in spite of a real estate gold rush that has excluded all but the well-to-do. The film’s main voices are those of the artists and street people whose wisdom and commentaries upon the dominant culture, give pause amidst the speedy approach of a “Brave New World.”
22 minutes| USA | 2011
Endlessly driving the voyeuristic streets, always listening to the radio,”Radioactive City” is an experimental documentary about Los Angeles during the apocalyptic Spring of 2011. The Fukushima nuclear disaster and an incidence of sports violence at Dodger Stadium, are in the air.