Be it a macro examination of cultural evolution or an intimate chronicle of the small moments that make up the whole, this double feature of free-form documentaries from filmmaker Richard Sandler presents a dead-on view of New York City. BRAVE NEW YORK documents from the inside out the transmogrification of the East Village throughout the early 1990s, the dotcom era, and into the years post 9/11. SWAY is a musical documentary that compiles over a decade's worth of subway moments caught on video and edits them down to a compact 32 minutes--the reported average length of a single MTA ride.
Description by Music Video Distributors:
"Brave New York," is a free-form documentary video that loosely chronicles the last 12 years of intense change in the East Village "hood." From the reopening of a newly curfewed Tompkins Square Park and Wigstock in '92, to the destruction of the cherished Loisaida Community Gardens, to the yuppie invasions of the dot com years, to the present era, indelibly stamped with post 9/11 grief, this durable, lusty neighborhood survives in spite of a real estate gold rush that has excluded all but the well-to-do. The movie's main voices are those of the artists and street people whose wisdom and commentaries upon the dominant culture give us pause amidst the speedy approach of a "Brave New World." SWAY is a free-form video documentary edited from 14 years of daily subway video shooting. It is filled with music and poignent NYC moments.