‘The Birdman’ of St. Mark’s Receives Documentary Treatment

Posted on: June 7th, 2013 at 6:00 am by


For the third year running, the Lower East Side Film Festival returns to the fray next week, bringing with it loads of low-budget features, docs, and shorts. Entries are screened across three main downtown venues – Sunshine Cinema, the Anthology Film Archives, and the Crosby Street Hotel. One movie submission in particular caught our eye – The Birdman.

The Birdman, directed by Jessie Auritt, is a ten-minute exploration into East Village mainstay Rainbow Music and its 70-year-old proprietor. Yes, one of the last few neighborhood record stores, still hanging tough at First Avenue and St. Mark’s. We’ve purchased and sold many an album in this joint over the years, so glad to see it getting some attention.

Here’s the description of the film:

With CDs, VHSs and old cassettes stacked head high, Rainbow Music is a hoarders’ paradise but its quirky owner, ‘Birdman’, knows exactly where everything is. Despite the rise of online music sales and the infiltration of Starbucks and Subways, this East Village shop maintains its mom-and-pop feel.

The Birdman premieres on Doc Night, June 15. Head here for tickets.

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