DocuClub in February!
Our next DocuClub screening will take place on Thursday, February 23, at 7p.m., at DCTV, located at 87 Lafayette (at Walker).
This month, we will screen a rough cut of "Miracle on 42nd Street" by Alice Elliot. The film documents the unique apartment complex called Manhattan Plaza located in Manhattanâ€™s historic theatre district, a neighborhood also known as Hellâ€™s Kitchen. Located on the block between 42nd and 43rd Streets, it is often called the â€œMiracle on 42nd Streetâ€ due to the near-miraculous effect the complex has had on the once-blighted neighborhood and on the lives of its residents. Seventy percent of the occupants work in the performing arts and thirty percent are Hellâ€™s Kitchen residents who are elderly, disabled or have been relocated from substandard housing. The film tells the story of how this innovative affordable housing experiment came to be, the artists it has nurtured, the close community its residents and management have created and the positive impact it has had on the economy of Manhattanâ€™s West Side. By making this film, the filmmakers want to tell the story of the pioneering people, community leaders, government and business people who joined together to resurrect a blighted neighborhood. To watch a trailer of the film, please go to: http://miracleon42ndstreet.org/home.
Director Alice Elliott is an Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker whose films are dedicated to celebrating the role of community activism in elevating the quality of peopleâ€™s lives.
Producer Mary Jo Slater was an original tenant of Manhattan Plaza. As a working single mother, she was able to launch a successful career as an award-winning casting director while also supporting the career of her son, actor Christian Slater.
Producer Nancy Perkins lived in Manhattan Plaza in the 1980s along with her actor husband, Ron Perkins, where she began a successful career in casting, rising to become head of casting at Universal Television Studios for fourteen years.
Editor/Producer Lisa Shreve has lived in Manhattan Plaza since the building opened and resides there today, working as an editor of award-winning documentary and narrative films.
Producer Erika Lockridge of Bahr Productions has joined on as a producer because of her belief in the Manhattan Plaza concept of affordable housing.
Producer Cindy Cowan is currently producing the feature "Red Lights" (starring Robert DeNiro).
Our moderator will be Caitlin Boyle. A leading champion of grassroots and community distribution for independent films, Boyle is the architect of national screening and audience outreach initiatives for dozens of feature documentaries, including "King Corn," "Pray the Devil Back to Hell," "The End of the Line," "A Small Act" and "Bag It." Previously on staff at NPR affiliates WFIU and WFUV and PBS affiliate Thirteen/WNET, she is a graduate of Columbia University and the Indiana University Graduate School of Journalism. Her workshops and presentations have rallied filmmakers at SXSW, Hot Docs, Independent Film Week, Sheffield Doc/Fest, the Los Angeles Film Festival, and The New York Foundation for the Arts. She serves on the board of Brooklyn documentary arts center UnionDocs, and on the advisory board of New York Universityâ€™s Tisch School of the Arts Research Institute for the Advancement of Cinema Arts and Commerce. To learn more about her film services, visit: www.filmsprout.org.
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Doors open at 6:30 p.m. No admittance after 7:15 p.m.
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