Vertical Village Premieres at Big Apple Film Festival

Posted on: November 3rd, 2010 at 9:59 am by
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Vertical Village is a new seventeen-minute documentary which chronicles the fifty-year lifespan of the Seward Park Housing Co-op on the Lower East Side. The film is part of the Big Apple Film Festival, and premieres tonight at the Tribeca Cinemas, 6:00 pm.  Tickets are available at the door.

Here is more information from the press release:

Built in 1960, the Seward Park Housing Cooperative was a signature project of Robert Moses, New York’s master builder. His goal was to create forward-looking housing for Manhattan’s middle class. Through interviews with original residents, current residents, and everyone in between, Vertical Village shows how Moses’ vision has come to life, and transformed a neighborhood. The documentary also features an interview with Sheldon Silver, speaker of the New York State Assembly, one of the most powerful figures in New York politics, and Lower East Side resident.

“The stories of Seward Park residents bring you back in time, and show you how meaningful the co-op is to them,” says Vertical Village producer William Harper. “It also captures a one-of-a-kind narrative about the transformation of the Lower East Side, and New York as a whole.”

Vertical Village was co-produced by William Harper and Katie Roumel (Savage Grace, Hedwig and the Angry Inch). It was written and directed by Alexandra Schwimmer. Neslihan Arslan served as the production designer. Ben Kegan served as the documentary’s Director of Photography. ClearMetrics served as the production house.

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