Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Bike Lane Video Screening

Kalim Armstrong is having a screening of a video he made about bike lanes in NYC. This is part of a showcase of works by students from Hunter College's Urban Affairs & Planning and Integrated Media Arts programs.

Here are the details.

Hitting the Streets, from Harlem to East New York: Dramatic videos that investigate New York City neighborhoods from an on-the-ground perspective

Monday September 22nd, 2008 from 6—8 PM, with RECEPTION TO FOLLOW

Hunter College's Lang Auditorium, North Building, 4th Floor. (The North Building is located on 69th Street between Park and Lexington, on the south side of the street; Subway: take the 6 train to 68th Street)

This screening will showcase the results of an innovative workshop in which students from Hunter College's Urban Affairs & Planning and Integrated Media Arts programs explored the use of media for community organizing aimed at improving the quality of local environments. From the fight to save Harlem from mega-developers, to the joys and realities of cycling through urban streets, these videos capture the attempts of everyday citizens and activists to shape New York City's future, and in doing so, inspire us to action on some of the most pressing concerns facing our neighborhoods today. FREE and open to the public.



REZONING HARLEM follows longtime members of the Harlem community as they fight a 2008 rezoning that threatens to erase the history and culture of their legendary neighborhood and replace it with luxury housing, offices, and big-box retail. A shocking expose of how a group of ordinary citizens, who are passionate about the future of one the city's most treasured neighborhoods, are systematically shut out of the city's decision-making process, revealing New York City's broken public review system and provoking discussion on what we can do about it.

A film by Juliana Alzate, Natasha Florentino, Tamara Gubernat & Pamela Nichols


SUBPRIMED tells the story of the national foreclosure crisis through the eyes of hard-hit East New York – a community that is no stranger to tough times. As more and more homes in the neighborhood bear foreclosure signs, individual victims of egregious lending practices come to realize they are not alone, and find the strength to band together and save their community from catastrophe.

A film by Sarah Friedland, Kahil Shkymba and Nayo Joy Simmons


NYC bicycling rates are much lower than they could be in a relatively flat city with good mass transit, despite strong evidence showing that bike-friendly environments go hand-in-hand with more livable streets for everyone. So what can we do to improve things for those who already cycle in the city, and inspire those who don't to join the ranks? These are the burning questions that activists, city officials and ordinary cyclists are trying to solve – but with different prescriptions for success. BIKE PATH examines plans to make biking in our city safer and more appealing, what's working and what isn't, and what planners can do to be more responsive to cyclists' needs.

A film by Kalim Armstrong, Rafael Blanco, Kate Ervin and Bree Kessler


HAVEMEYER STREET is an installation that was first exhibited May 1-3, 2008, at Hunter IMA/MFA's IMAterial show. The installation begins with several hanging prints depicting developer fantasies of new luxury condo buildings in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Behind the prints, two video screens show the reality of how people on two sides of one street in transition experience the process of gentrification in this area. The video progresses down the street, examining different spaces and meeting diverse business owners and residents.

A film by Francisca Caporali, Kym Chapman, Pilar Ortiz, Uni Park & Sarah Nelson Wright

Sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Studies and the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College (CUNY). Also sponsored by the Hunter College Center for Community Planning and Development.

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