Sound man/venue manager Edan Wilber gets transcendent in a scene from the Death By Audio documentary.
After beginning with the suggestion that “This movie should be played loud,” (and with its frequent concert footage, it certainly couldn’t hurt), Death By Audio documentary Goodnight Brooklyn: The Story of Death By Audio opens on a scene you might recognize. DBA resident Stephanie Gross explains to the hopeful crowd, in a line stretching around the block, that they probably won’t be able to get in to the already packed last show ever held at the venue on Nov. 22, 2014. No one leaves though, holding out hope that they can say goodbye and take part in a small piece of Brooklyn history. What could possibly inspire people to stand on a line in the cold with almost no hope of getting into a hand-built music space? (more…)
When it comes to the bright lights of New York, it’s easy to forget that someone has to make the damn things. Especially in the case of fragile neon signs, which are sadly not as popular as they used to be, even though the look cool. Making the signs is a dying art, but one that was captured by Greenpointers’ Jennifer Galatioto and some friends for their documentary Gasper & Son, which looks at the life of the family that owns Queens’ Artistic Neon as they struggle to keep doing a handmade craft in a world of cheap mass-produced options. It’s a story anyone who likes handmade items or New York accents will appreciate, which would mean pretty much everyone, right? (more…)
We here at Brokelyn are well-known partisans of the New York Metropolitans baseball club, for a couple of reasons. One is because we were born this way. The other is that we’ve got a high tolerance for pain. So it certainly piqued our interest to learn that Brooklyn-based director Heather Quinlan is raising money to put the finishing touches on her documentary about the 1986 Mets, one of the best and most interesting baseball teams of the modern age. Have you ever wanted to see Lenny Dykstra AND Paul Auster star in the same movie? Then throw her some cash! (more…)
He’s got a point, there are worse people on the subway than drummers. Like people who don’t move in to the damn car
You encounter plenty of buskers in your time in the city, but do you ever get to know them? Probably not, because you’re usually commuting and on the verge of murdering someone anyway and they’re making the most noise. But BUSK, a short documentary directed by Ramon Nyitrai asks you to look at them as people and presents the stories of a bucket drummer, a banjo strummer, a human beatbox and a pair of Union Square crooners who spend their time playing music in the subway. (more…)
Boy, this is really a great city, it’s really a knock-out, you know? via Flickr user PaulSteinJC
In case you haven’t noticed, Brooklyn’s been having a bit of a moment for oh, about the last 15 years. Now that everyone has re-embraced the place your grandparents lived before they fled to the suburbs, PBS is collecting memories, stories and insights about growing up in and living in Brooklyn for a crowdsourced documentary called Brooklyn Best. (more…)