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Documentary by Daniel B. Levin, Ben Solomon, and Jenner Furst  |  New York 2008 | 90 min

Cantor Film Center Theater 200  |  36 East 8th Street  |  New York  |  4/24/2008

SYNOPSIS: Since 1979 Clayton Patterson has dedicated his life to documenting the final era of raw creativity and lawlessness in New York City's Lower East Side, a neighborhood famed for art, music and revolutionary minds. Traversing the outside edge he's recorded a dark and colorful society, from drag to hardcore, heroin, homelessness, political chaos and ultimately gentrification. His odyssey from voyeur to provocateur reveals that it can take losing everything you love to find your own significance.

This film features previously unseen photographs and videos from Mr. Patterson's extensive archives.
Join us afterwards for a discussion with Mr. Patterson and the filmmakers.
Admission is free-of-charge and tickets are not necessary. You may bring a guest.

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PREVIEW by Maria Luisa Tucker

Video Footage: 1988 Tompkins Square Park Police Riot

Published in: The Village VOICE, New York, on April 22, 2008

Last week, we reported that the city parks department reluctantly approved an August punk show to commemorate the violent 1988 police riot in Tompkins Square Park. Among those celebrating the news was Clayton Patterson, an East Village artist who filmed over three and half hours of the 1988 riot. Patterson provided the Voice with clips from that footage, which show in graphic detail a number of protesters, bystanders and even reporters being beaten by cops. That video played a large part in backing demonstrators' claims of police brutality. Patterson's many years of documenting the turmoil and transformation of the Lower East Side are featured in a new film, Captured, which premiers this Thursday at NYU's Cantor Film Center.

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Cantor Film Theater New York This onetime Greenwich Village favorite on Eighth Street near Broadway deserves to have a listing apart from the Art Greenwich, which was much futher west. The Art Moderne styled Art Theatre first opened in 1938 and was built by the Rugoff & Becker circuit. Thomas Lamb is credited as architect, though it was more likely someone in his company since he was semi-retired by that time.

The Art Theatre started out as a late-run showcase for American and foreign movies, but became a first-run in the late 1950's. It eventually fell into the clutches of the RKO-Stanley Warner-Century combine, which let it fall into disrepair and finally closed it around 1985-86. RKO then took the name Art and attached it to the Greenwich, which it also operated.

After closure, the Art was taken over by B.S. Moss, which turned it into a triplex as the Movieland. Moss had recently closed its Movieland at Broadway and 47th Street (the last of many names for the 1918 Central). Movieland seems an inappropriate name for bohemian Greenwich Village, which is perhaps one of the reasons why the theatre didn't have a long or successful life.

Its sale to NYU seemed inevitable, since the university may be the Village's largest property owner. In 1997 they employed architect Davis Brody Bond to renovate the building.

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