RESISTANCE CINEMA Presents “THE VANISHING CITY” JSENKO Productions LLC. a FIORE DeROSA and JEN SENKO Picture, Narrated by KATHRYN ERBE, (2010, 55 minutes)
WHEN: Sunday February 5th, 2012 1;15 pm
WHERE: Community Church NY, Gallery Room, 28 East 35th st. btwn Park & Madison
ADMISSION: Free, donations appreciated
SPECIAL GUESTS: DORIS DIETHER, along with filmmakers JEN SENKO and FIORE DeROSA
This is the film that everyone who lives in New York City should see.
Regulars to RESISTANCE CINEMA know that through film we have taken our audience all around the world from the remote jungles of the Amazon to the Capitals of the industrialized world, from behind the scenes of the largest financial institutions on Wall Street to a simple market in a remote rural village. Today we come home. At the center of the camera’s eye is our own beloved New York City. Is New York a “vanishing city”?
The Vanishing City exposes and explains how CEO Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s master PlaNYC rigged the system in favor of the 1% by giving billions of dollars in tax subsidies to luxury developers and providing huge tax deals to Wall Street. In the process, he created a concentration of wealth not seen since the Great Depression. Manhattan now has the largest disparity of wealth between the rich and the poor in the entire country. The film shows how Bloomberg’s administration pushed through exclusive policies in spite of outcries, demonstrations, organized objections, and most often, without even the knowledge of most New Yorkers, who were arrogantly left out of the process.
Told through the eyes of tenants, city planners, business owners, scholars, and politicians, The Vanishing City shows the real politic 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 takes a sober look at the city’s “luxury” policies and high-end development, the power role of the elite, and accusations of corruption surrounding land use and rezoning. The film also links New York trends to other global cities where multinational corporations continue to victimize the middle and working classes.
DORIS DIETHER: Taught a 5-week intensive AIA accredited zoning course at Municipal Arts Society and CUNY. Worked with local citizen groups in Brooklyn, Tribecca, East Village, Chinatown and Upper East Side Coalition mostly to prevent inappropriate projects and preserve the neighborhoods. Longest serving member of a community board in Manhattan and presently co-chair of the landmarks committee. Recipient of awards and proclamations from Manhattan Borough president, City Council, Assembly and State Senate representatives, New York Preservation Archive Project Historic District Council and GVSHP.
FIORE DeROSA co-director and a producer of “The Vanishing City,” is a long time lower Manhattan resident and an award winning film and theater director. With Hunger Theater, his production of “American Buffalo” won The GoldenCockerel Award for best play in the 2000 Edinburgh film festival.
JEN SENKO is an award-winning filmmaker and a long-time Soho resident. She started her LLC, JSenko Productions, in order to produce a number of independent films. In fall 2006 she was the casting director for the Latino short “La Chiva”. Senko directed a political two-minute short in November 2006 called “Jesus Cares. Guess Who Doesn’t.”