Brave New York | Chicago Reader

Brave New York

Richard Sandler (The Gods of Times Square) takes to the streets of New York's East Village and simply lets the people talk; the resulting collage of testimony lovingly but unsentimentally affirms the neighborhood's rep for nurturing outsiders—street poets and protesters, drunks and drag queens. Halfway through 9/11 hits and the film turns elegiac; taken as a whole, the video is unexpectedly moving. Three more videos round out the program: Anthie Domi's Street Cuts (2003), which manipulates footage of street life; Jon Nothin's video God Hates America (2003), which captures a Christian protest of the New York Underground Film Festival; and One Nation Under Tommy, in which five video artists reshoot a cologne commercial based only on a written description, an experiment that reveals how closely some advertising resembles avant-garde filmmaking. 75 min.

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