6:30 p.m. screening (53 min), followed by discussion
Suzanne Wasserman, who heads the Gotham Center for NYC History, screens her latest documentary, about the city’s butchering industry (Best Feature, NYC Food Film Festival). Wasserman’s previous documentaries include Thunder in Guyana, Sweatshop Cinderella, and Brooklyn among the Ruins. She will be interviewed by acclaimed and bestselling author Julie Powell.
On Location: New York Films, New York Directors is a film series presenting three filmmakers who not only live in New York but use the city as a subject. Each evening includes a screening and a discussion with the director about the state of independent film production in NYC.
Suzanne Wasserman is an historian and award-winning filmmaker. Her documentary Thunder in Guyana is about her cousin, Janet Jagan, who became president of Guyana. It premiered at Lincoln Center and aired nationally on PBS’s series Independent Lens and Global Voices. Wasserman’s short documentary Brooklyn among the Ruins, about a subway buff who built a life-size train car in his apartment, premiered at the Coney Island Film Festival and was broadcast on PBS/WNET’s REEL New York. Her film Sweatshop Cinderella is about the Jewish immigrant writer Anzia Yezierska. Meat Hooked! premiered at the New York Food Film Festival, where it won Best Feature, and it was broadcast on the PBS series America Reframed. Wasserman is director of the Gotham Center for New York City History at the Graduate Center. She has published widely on topics such as the Great Depression, Jewish nostalgia, housing, restaurant culture, tourism, pushcart peddling, silent films, 19th-century saloons, and 21st-century street fairs, and is co-author of the book Life on the Lower East Side, 1937-1950: Photographs by Rebecca Lepkoff.
Julie Powell is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling memoir Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, which was adapted into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Her memoir, Cleaving, details her travails as an apprentice butcher at Fleisher’s butcher shop in Kingston, New York. She is a two-time James Beard Award winner in Journalism, was awarded an honorary degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and was the first ever winner of the Overall Lulu Blooker Prize for Books.
This program is part of the yearlong initiative Cultural Capital: The Promise and Price of New York’s Creative Economy, produced by GC Public Programs in collaboration with the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC). For more information and the full schedule, CLICK HERE.