New York

New York

From the fight for gay rights to basement recording studios, to people making their home in dark subway tunnels and the energy of Williamsburg, Brooklyn in the '80s, these films transport the viewer to a different time in New York City's history. There might have been graffiti covering the subway and wild packs of dogs roaming the streets, but the possibilities for art, life, resistance and relationships were endless.

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New York
  • Dark Days

    Directed by Marc Singer • Documentary • 2000 • 82 minutes

    For years, a homeless community took root in a train tunnel beneath New York City, braving dangerous conditions and perpetual night. DARK DAYS explores this surprisingly domestic subterranean world, unearthing a way of life unimaginable t...

  • Los Sures

    Directed by Diego Echeverria • Documentary • 1984 • 57 minutes

    Diego Echeverria’s LOS SURES probes the residents of the Southside of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, pre-gentrification. Poverty, drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes, and inadequate local ...

  • Egg Cream

    Directed by Nora Claire Miller, Peter Miller & Amy Linton • Documentary • 2020 • 15 minutes

    EGG CREAM is a short film about the enduring meaning of a beloved chocolate soda drink born on the Jewish Lower East Side. The egg cream contained neither eggs nor cream – it was a product of necessity an...

  • La Cuidad

    Directed by David Riker • Drama • 1998 • 88 minutes

    LA CIUDAD, the feature film debut of writer/director David Riker, is a dramatically photographed collection of stories of love, hope, and loss, and an affecting portrait of disenfranchised Latin American immigrants living in New York. Filmed ov...

  • Stations of the Elevated

    Directed by Manfred Kirchheimer • Documentary • 1981 • 46 minutes

    Stations of the Elevated (1981) is a 45-minute city symphony directed, produced and edited by Manfred Kirchheimer. Shot on lush 16mm color reversal stock, the film weaves together vivid images of graffiti- covered elevated subway ...

  • Before Stonewall: Restored Edition

    Directed by Directed by Greta Schiller; Co-Directed by Robert Rosenberg • Documentary • With Rita Mae Brown, Ann Bannon, Martin Duberman, Allen Ginsberg, Dr. Evelyn Hooker, Audre Lorde, Harry Hay • 1984 • 87 minutes

    In 1969 the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenw...

  • Love & Diane

    Directed by Jennifer Dworkin • Documentary • 2003 • 155 minutes

    Jennifer Dworkin’s groundbreaking documentary LOVE & DIANE presents a searingly honest and moving examination of poverty, welfare and drug rehabilitation in the United States today. Filmed in New York City over a five-year period, D...

  • Gunnin' for that #1 Spot

    Directed by Adam Yauch • Documentary • 2008 • 97 minutes

    On the corner of 155th Street and Frederick Douglas Boulevard in Harlem, New York, lies Rucker Park. By appearances, the green concrete pavement, anchored on either end by its run down slab bleachers, is no different than any other basketb...

  • Sound and Chaos: The Story of BC Studio

    Directed by Ryan Douglass and Sara Leavitt • Documentary • 2015 • 75 minutes

    For over 30 years, Martin Bisi has recorded music from his studio in Brooklyn's Gowanus neighborhood. After a chance New York encounter, the studio was founded with money from Brian Eno, who subsequently worked on the a...

  • The Lost Village

    Directed by Roger Paradiso • Documentary • 2018 • 90 minutes

    The Lost Village is a devastating expose of how Greenwich Village, the epicenter of the counterculture in the 1960s and '70s, is being turned into a wasteland of chain stores, banks and multi-million dollar condos.

    This award-winning ...

  • Elena

    Directed by Petra Costa • Documentary • With Petra Costa, Elena Andrade • 2012 • 80 minutes

    Elena, a young Brazilian woman, travels to New York with the same dream as her mother, to become a movie actress. She leaves behind her childhood spent in hiding during the years of the military dictators...

  • Jay Myself

    Directed by Stephen Wilkes • Documentary • With Jay Maisel • 2019 • 79 minutes

    JAY MYSELF documents the monumental move of renowned photographer and artist, Jay Maisel, who, in February 2015 after forty-eight years, begrudgingly sold his home—the 36,000 square-foot, 100-year-old landmark buildin...