You see them everyday. They’re on the train with you. They’re in your bodega. They’re your neighbors. But after this program of short films, we guarantee you’ll see them in a new light. Ours is a city full of record-holding record holders, spousal adoptions, trash havens, civil rights pioneers, lapsed goth kids, sexting teens, rambles full of leathermen, and unending change; and we like it that way… for the most part.
Joseph Keckler, Laura Terruso | USA | 4
This video begins in the style of a TV office comedy, while briefly re-envisioning Goya's The Sleep of Reason as a worker napping in a cubicle. Then we wander downtown and back in time to try on lost youth, German Romanticism, and fetish-gear.
Bayard & Me
Matt Wolf | USA | 16
Walter Naegle’s boyfriend Bayard Rustin was a famous civil rights activist 30 years his senior. In the 1980s, Bayard adopted Walter for legal protection. This love story is about a time when gay marriage was inconceivable.
Gaspard Nemec | USA | 12
Touting up to 250 pound dumbbells for some of Brooklyn's strongest men & women, Richie's Gym has become a cornerstone of Bushwick. After first opening its doors in the mid-90's, it became a safe haven where people found refuge from the burned down buildings and drug riddled, violent streets. Now, in the midst of a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, Richie's is one of the last true gyms and fighting to survive.
I See You
Orian Barki | USA | 18
I See You is a film by Orian Barki that’s unpacking the significance of sexting among teenagers today. Sexting has become an inevitable part of the coming-of-age story: teenagers are curious about their bodies, seeking that rush when they’re exploring their sexuality for the first time, and technology is a tool that makes it happen.
Brian Neff, Natalie Haft | USA | 8
The film provides an update on a New York Times article from thirty years ago about a man who dreamed of fame and fortune by inventing a new sport that he hoped would sweep the world: Aqua Pogo.
The Fourth Kingdom
Adán Aliaga, Álex Lora | Spain | 14
The Fourth Kingdom is the kingdom of plastics, a redemption center in NY for immigrants and underdogs where the American Dream becomes possible indeed.
The Last Leatherman of the Vale of Cashmere
Greg Loser | USA | 14
In Brooklyn's Prospect Park, in a tucked away corner less traveled, men meet men in the Vale of Cashmere. An aging leatherman takes a profane trip down memory lane as he visits this cruising destination of his youth. Now, amidst the thickets where secrecy once reigned, he contemplates a new world.
Dai Burger is a rapper / singer from Queens, New York - best known for her 2014 Mixtape IN YA MOUF’ which consisted primarily of Jersey Club and Bass music and featured her celebrated track Soufflé. Dai’s cavalier attitude towards sexuality has made her a champion of NYC gay community, earning her features in Pitchfork and the opportunity to play at MoMaPS1 alongside her partner-in-crime and longtime friend Junglepussy. In 2015, UK grime kingpin and frequent Danny Brown collaborator, Darq E Freaker tapped Dai for a feature on his single Choppin Necks, further garnering her support from a wide array of electronic music communities. Before creating her own music, Dai toured with Chris Brown and Lil Mama as a backup dancer, allowing her to heavily incorporate dance into her live show.