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5 Award-winning Short Documentaries about New York City

131 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2016

DVD Extras: Director Interviews

True New York is an anthology of five award-winning short documentaries about New York City and the amazing characters who call the city home:

C-ROCK (Director: Jordan Roth) "Captures the Bronx tradition of cliff jumping." - NY Daily News

Featuring stunning cinematography and staggering footage of cliff-diving, C-ROCK tells the story of a group of Bronx boys who leap off the 100-foot tall cliff known as "C-Rock" and into the Harlem River. A dangerous rite of passage going back generations in the Bronx, the film captures the rawness of youth while also revealing a wistful nostalgia for a changing neighborhood.

TAXI GARAGE (Director: Joshua Z Weinstein) "There's an authenticity that seems so true and tough." - The New York Times

TAXI GARAGE is a powerful and touching look inside a taxi depot in Queens filled with classic New York personalities and a melting pot of immigrants with big dreams of making it in America. The film focuses on Johnnie "Spider" Footman, a colorful octogenarian who has driven a taxi all his life and is New York's oldest taxi driver.

ONE TRACK MIND (Director: Jeremy Workman) "A strange and wondrous story of New York." - Vanishing New York

From the director of Magical Universe, ONE TRACK MIND reveals the amazing story of Philip Coppola, who has devoted four decades to cataloging, archiving, and sketching every station in the New York City subway system. Filmed over the course of four years, this is a portrait of a man consumed by a singular obsession as well as a loving exploration of the city's unique artistic idiosyncrasies.

A SON'S SACRIFICE (Director: Yoni Brook) "An amazing real-life slice of life... Fascinating!" - Kansas City Star

The award-winning A SON'S SACRIFICE is a classic immigrant story and father/son tale. Imran is just another 27-year-old New Yorker struggling to take over his family's business, which happens to be a halal slaughterhouse in Queens. Imran must confront his mixed Bangladeshi-Puerto Rican heritage and gain acceptance from his father's conservative community.

BLACK CHEROKEE (Directors: Sam Cullman & Benjamin Rosen) "A roadside performer is getting the spotlight." - The New York Times

BLACK CHEROKEE focuses on street performer Otis Houston Jr., a self-taught artist from Harlem who performs before a captive audience of car-bound commuters along Manhattan's FDR Drive. A meditation on family, inspiration, creativity and success, the film pays homage to a New York City icon and opens a lyrical window onto Houston's unique charisma and art.

UPC: 720229917179 | Catalog #: FRF917179D | $24.95 | Street: Nov 15
A film by Heidi Brandenburg & Mathew Orzel

103 minutes, documentary, color, Spanish w/ English subtitles, 2016

In this tense and immersive Sundance Film Festival award-winner, audiences are taken directly into the line of fire between opposing Peruvian leaders who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals.

On the one side is President Alan Garcia, who, eager to enter the world stage, begins aggressively extracting oil, gas, and minerals from untouched Amazonian land. He is met with fierce opposition from indigenous leader Alberto Pizango, whose impassioned speeches against Garcia's destructive actions prove a powerful rallying cry to throngs of his supporters. When Garcia continues to ignore their pleas, a tense war of words erupts into deadly violence.

“Critic's Pick! A stellar doc...devastating...the rawest vision of capitalism run amok. Epochal moments on the screen.” - The Village Voice

“Surprisingly dramatic.” - The Hollywood Reporter

“A potent chronicle of the fight between indigenous tribes and government-supported business interests in the Peruvian Amazon. Hair-raising footage.” - Variety

“Plunges viewers straight into the middle of an escalating battle between those who want to use the Amazon for its resources and those who want to protect it...powerfully explores both sides of the divide.” - Indiewire

“Tells with gripping immediacy the real-life Shakespearean tragedy of the Baguazo, a story that isn't over yet. Fast-paced drama...eloquent...wrenching.” - Associated Press

UPC: 720229917155 | Catalog #: FRF917155D |
$19.95 | Street: Nov 15
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