Community Documentaries:
The Vanishing City & Twilight Becomes Night

Join Village Preservation and the Film Forum for an evening of provocative documentaries about how New York City is changing and why. The 90-minute program will be followed by a Q&A with the directors of The Vanishing City, Fiore DeRosa and Jen Senko as well as Niki Russ Federman, the fourth generation co-owner of Russ & Daughters.

First we will view Twilight Becomes Night, directed by Virginie-Alvine Perrette, which examines the crucial role of neighborhood stores in our lives and communities. Local businesses are vanishing at an alarming rate, but Twilight showcases how neighborhoods can counteract this trend.

Next we will see The Vanishing City. Told through the eyes of tenants, city planners, business owners, scholars, and politicians, the film grapples with the real politics behind the alarming disappearance of New York’s beloved neighborhoods, the truth about its finance-dominated economy, and the myth of “inevitable change.” Artfully documented through interviews, hearings, demonstrations, and archival footage, the film also links New York trends to other global cities where multinational corporations continue to victimize the middle and working classes.

Proceeds from this event will benefit Village Preservation and the independent filmmakers of The Vanishing City.

Monday, April 25, 2011
6:00 pm

Film Forum
209 West Houston Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues)