Tickets available for Los Sures via Metrograph
No.7 Ludlow Street, New York, NY 10002
May 27 – June 2
Fri, May 27: 6:30pm
Sat, May 28: 4:45pm
Sun, May 29: 4:45pm
Mon, May 30: 5:30pm
Tues, May 31: 5:00pm
Weds, June 1: 6:15pm
Thurs, June 2: 6:15pm
In the early 1980s, Diego Echeverría took a 16mm camera into the streets of the Southside of Williamsburg, then a primarily Puerto Rican neighborhood and one of the city’s poorest, most crime-ridden areas. Still, amidst the urban blight, Echeverría finds a thriving street culture in which music, breakdancing, and graffiti abound.
Los Sures skillfully represents the challenges residents of the Southside faced: poverty, drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes, and inadequate local resources. The complex portrait also celebrates the vitality of this largely Puerto Rican and Dominican community, showing the strength of their culture, their creativity, and their determination to overcome a desperate situation. Beautifully restored for the 30th anniversary premiere at the New York Film Festival, this documentary is an invaluable piece of New York City history.
“An authenticity that has been captured by no fiction film I’ve ever seen.”
– L.A. Weekly
“Both an invaluable record of pre-gentrification Brooklyn and an ode to a community’s resilience.”
“See this neighborhood preserved in amber.”
– The Believer
“Trenchant and eye-closeding.”
– The Hollywood Reporter
LOS SURES courtesy of the Reserve Film and Video Collection of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Diego Echeverría is a filmmaker born in Chile and raised in Puerto Rico. He studied film at Columbia University and was for many years a producer/director of News and Current Affairs documentaries for WNET and WNBC in New York, and for NBC News and CBS News in network television. Later, as an independent producer, he directed documentaries for PBS and for European television and developed projects on health promotion, education and in support of social programs in the national and international arenas. Based in Latin America, he was for several years Regional Advisor on Communications for UNICEF, overseeing programs directed to the wellbeing of children and women. Through his company, Terra Associates, he produced a wide array of multimedia, television programs, and audio visual projects targeted for classroom use, health organizations and corporate sponsors. His work in television was awarded two Emmys.
Metrograph is a unique experience of seeing prestigious films; of stepping into a special, curated world of cinema, a world of hospitality harkening back to the great New York movie theaters of the 1920s, as well as the Commissaries of the Hollywood Studio back lots, a world inhabited by movie professionals screening their work, taking meetings, watching films. It’s the ultimate place for movie enthusiasts.
From exclusive premieres to rare archival print screenings, book signings, special dinners, and events, Metrograph offers experiences for a wide spectrum of audiences, attracting diverse communities all drawn to the excitement of cinema and the magic of having a place to celebrate it.
Founded and designed by Alexander Olch, Metrograph projects archive quality 35mm and state of the art digital video, and features the Commissary restaurant, a balcony lounge, a bookstore, and candy shop.
ABOUT LIVING LOS SURES
Produced over 5 years by 60 artists at UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art, LIVING LOS SURES is an expansive project about the Southside of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Known by its long-term Latino residents as Los Sures, the neighborhood was one of the poorest in New York City in the late 70s and early 80s. In fact, it had been called the worst ghetto in America. Today, it is the site of a battle between local identity and luxury lifestyle. With the restoration of LOS SURES, a brilliant work of cinéma vérité filmmaking as a starting point, the project has developed into a collection of 40 short films, the interactive documentary 89 STEPS, and the cinematic people’s history SHOT BY SHOT, demonstrating new possibilities for collaboration between an arts institution and its surrounding community to collect memories and share local culture.
“A massive mixed-media project that defies easy categorization.” – IndieWire
“It’s enough to make fans of the Up series salivate.” – Brooklyn Magazine
Explore the project at http://lossur.es/