Summer Shorts: Youth Run Wild
Where: New York Public Library—Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
476 Fifth Ave.
917-275-6975 Price: Free
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Wednesdays in August we’re bringing some of New York’s finest film experts to the Steven A Schwarzman Building, where they’ll present one-time-only movie nights that they’ve curated from the Library for the Performing Arts’ 60-plus-year-old collection of 16mm films. Get out of the heat and watch wonderful and strange docs, shorts, tv movies, and features selected and presented in-person by curators from the Library for the Performing Arts, Alamo Drafthouse, Maysles Documentary Center, and the Criterion Collection.
August 16th’s program is curated and presented in-person by Brian Belovarac, from The Criterion Collection/Janus Films. “Youth Run Wild” will feature documentaries interspersed with Film Club self-portraits, all of which chronicle the complications of being kids in the late 1960s and early ’70s. Selections include:
- “Veronica” (1970)
- “Diane” (1969, dir. Mary Feldhaus-Weber)
- “David: Off and On” (1972, dir. Martha Coolidge)
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A cinema verité portrait of Veronica Glover, a black teenager who is president of her predominantly white high school in New Haven, Conn., showing her inner struggle to maintain her identity under stress.
Semi-documentary featuring a would-be actress from South Dakota who tries to find success in New York and battles loneliness, frustration, exploitation and despair.
“David: Off and On” (1972)
A portrait of the filmmaker’s brother and his struggles, with school, society and drugs. David talks about his troubled adolescence, conflicts with his stepfather, his disciplinary problems at school and growing dependency on drugs. Coolidge integrates family photographs, special effects and documentary techniques to evoke her brother’s childhood, his acid-dropping Height-Ashbury experiences and his years in mental institutions.
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