In Koch, director Neil Barsky, as well as former New York Mayor Ed Koch himself, look back fondly over Koch’s 12 years in City Hall. Koch, who died just days before the film’s premiere, was a colorful, boisterous, and amusing public figure, and, on screen at the age of 86, those traits still come through loud and clear. Plenty has been said about the New York of the 70’s, but, with Koch’s passing this year, it seems especially appropriate to revisit the city’s transformative 80’s and the man who sparked the major change.
Informant is an enthralling documentary about the walking contradiction that is Brandon Darby, a former leftist activist that turned on his friends during the 2008 Republican National Convention, which was held in the Twin Cities. Director Jamie Meltzer (Better This World) smartly avoids taking sides, and instead lets Darby explain how he came to controversially tip off the FBI to potential political violence. Informant is a must see for every political-minded cinephile.
Director Laura Archibald gathers a vast array of the most influential folk figures of the 60’s to tell the story of New York’s highly popular and, for some, controversial folk movement. Interviews with figures like Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger shine a light on this tight-knit group that came together to fight social injustice in the face of intense government scrutiny. With rarely seen performances from Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation is a testament to the scene’s lasting hold on our society’s collective imagination.
Earth Day screening