The film combines never before seen Super 8 footage from the 70s while the filmmaker was living in the East Village, with intimate conversations with old friends filmed during the hot summer of 2019 in New York.
Stories of the past recall a run down, bankrupt, often dangerous city, where rent was cheap and artistic creativity flourished. While in the NYC of today, glittering mirrored towers reflect a city radically consumed by mass gentrification, tourism, and high end luxury gift shops for the one percent.
Beautifully filmed by renowned cinematographer Declan Quinn, and edited by Connie Farrell, the film is an ethnographic look from the inside at a particular community and period in the history of a great city, and a meditation on the passing of time.
Interviews include photographer Nan Goldin, performer Lydia Lunch, post-punk feminists Bush Tetras, and a new generation, the children of that 70s era of free expression, now finding their own way through a city increasingly in thrall to market forces over that which makes us human.
We welcome Director Vivienne Dick and Festival Director of Irish Film Festival London, Gerry Maguire, for an in-person Q&A after the film.