My Gimpy Life: Season 01, Episode 03

Disabled actress Teal Sherer‘s saga for hollywood success continues with Season 1 Episode 3 of My Gimpy Life! Be sure to check out Episodes’s 1 and 2 if you haven’t. Will Teal land the gig of a lifetime at the Vagina Monologues? Will she fall in love? Will she go on a rolling bank robbing spree? There’s only one way to find out: Tune in! Read More

Street of Forgotten Men – A Short Film From 1938 About “Bowery Bums”

 

“The Bowery, the Bowery, I’ll never go there anymore!” - Charles H. Hoyt lyrics from “The Bowery,” a song in the musical A Trip to Chinatown.

 

In the early 1800s an area called The Bowery, which was once mostly farmland, gained prominence, respectability and elegance, becoming a broad boulevard, as rich and famous people moved their residences there, including Peter Cooper, the industrialist and philanthropist. It soon became the theater district for New York City. By the time of The Civil War however, the once thriving area’s corruption led to brothels and dance halls replacing the high-end establishments. As a result, the rich stopped frequenting the boulevard.

 

By the 1890s, the Bowery was a center for prostitution that rivaled the Tenderloin, and for bars catering to whatever your sexual appetite desired (if you didn’t get robbed first) at various social levels, from The Slide at 157 Bleecker Street, to Paresis Hall at 5th Street. This matter was only compounded by the fact that from 1878 to 1955 the Third Avenue El ran above the Bowery, making it an easy hangout for homeless looking for shelter from the seasons as well as easy transportation access. The Bowery remained New York City’s “Skid Row” well into the 1970s. A revival of the thoroughfare has taken place in the last twenty years as both a concentrated effort by the New York City Government to clean the area up, and the overall revival of the Lower East Side have helped significantly.

 

The above  short film was shot from the back of a truck in 1938. It showcases the destitution and poverty of some of the people living in the area. Because there’s no sound on the film, I’ve selected George Winston’s “Rag” from his 1972 debut album. Ballads and Blues. The composition is an ode to the music of the Bowery’s time period. Enjoy and leave feedback in the comments section below!
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13 Edward Hopper Paintings Recreated As Sets For Indie Film “Shirley: Visions of Reality”

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Edward Hopper was an American Realist master painter. His brush helped define the visual identity of what life in America was for the average person in the 1920s-30s. Hopper’s paintings like Nighthawks and Automat are deeply stitched into the fabric of what Americana is. Viennese director Gustav Deutsch created “Shirley: Visions of Reality“ as an ode to Hopper’s compositional mastery.  In Shirley, thirteen of Hopper’s paintings have been selected and reproduced as three-dimensional scenes in the film. These scenes tell the story of a woman, whose thoughts, emotions and contemplations lets us observe an era in American history.

 

Shirley is a woman in America in the 1930s, ‘40s, ‘50s, and early ‘60s. As the film creators mention, Shirley is ” a woman who would like to influence the course of history with her professional and socio-political involvement. A woman who does not accept the reality of the Depression years, WWII, the McCarthy era, race conflicts and civil rights campaigns as given but rather as generated and adjustable. A woman whose work as an actress has familiarised her with the staging of reality, the questioning and shaping of it; an actress who doesn’t identify her purpose and future with that of solo success or stardom but who strives to give social potency to theatre as part of a collective. A woman who cannot identify with the traditional role model of a wife yet longs to have a life partner. A woman who does not compromise in moments of professional crisis and is not afraid to take on menial jobs to secure her livelihood. A woman who in a moment of private crisis decides to stick with her partner and puts her own professional interest on the back burner. A woman who is infuriated by political repression yet not driven to despair, and who has nothing but disdain for betrayal. Shirley, an attractive, charismatic, committed, emancipated woman.”

 

Check out the gorgeous trailer to this wonderful work of art above. We’ve also showcased film stills compared with Hopper’s paintings below, as well as behind the scenes set shots at the very end! The credits are also after the jump. Read More