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SPECIAL SCREENING

SIDEWALK STORIES

Directed by Charles Lane
FEATURE NARRATIVE 97 Minutes Special Screening Premiere
FILM GUIDE SIDEWALK STORIES
The low-budget, New York-in-the-’80s movie that proves that silence is not all that golden, Charles Lane’s magnetic feature debut is long overdue for rediscovery. With an overlap to a more recent attempt to update silent film for a modern movie audience, Lane plays The Artist, a Chaplin-esque street portraitist whose hapless efforts at fitting into the odd world of sidewalk performance are made all the more troublesome when he finds himself caring for an abandoned toddler, played by Lane’s adorable daughter Nicole Alaysia. The Artist’s efforts to find the girl’s mother are quickly and continually confounded by the many oddball characters he meets.

Shot and released in the same year as Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, Sidewalk Stories is a similarly vivid encapsulation of the race and class divisions that inform life on New York City’s streets. Lane’s version centers on the homeless perspective, made all the more visceral for being shot in black-and-white and silent apart from Marc Marder’s wide-ranging score and a brief moment spent listening to panhandlers. The result is an ingenious, spellbinding effort by a black artist to give a voice to those who have none.

—Arthur Ryel-Lindsey
Comedy
About the Director(s)
CHARLES LANE was born in 1953 and grew up in the public housing projects of New York City's South Bronx. While attending SUNY Purchase, his short A Place in Time won him a Student Academy Award. He later earned a Rockefeller Foundation Grant, NAACP Award and multiple festival honors for Sidewalk Stories.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Special Screening
  • Year:
    1989
  • Length:
    97 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    Special Screening
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Executive Producer:
    Howard M. Brickner, Vicki Lebenbaum, Chris Blackwell
  • Director:
    Charles Lane
  • Editor:
    Anne Stein, Charles Lane
  • Composer:
    Marc Marder
  • Producer:
    Charles Lane
  • Cast:
    Nicole Alysia, Sandye Wilson, Darnell Williams, Trula Hoosier, Michael Baskin, Charles Lane
  • Screenwriter:
    Charles Lane
  • Cinematographer:
    Bill Dill

Contacts
  • US Sales Contact
    VINCENT PAUL-BONCOUR
    Carlotta Films
    PARIS, Phone: +33 1 42 24 10 86
    vincentpb@aol.com
  • International Sales Contact
    VINCENT PAUL-BONCOUR
    Carlotta Films
    PARIS, Phone: +33 1 42 24 10 86
    vincentpb@aol.com
  • Print Source
    VINCENT PAUL-BONCOUR
    Carlotta Films
    PARIS, Phone: +33 1 42 24 10 86
    vincentpb@aol.com
  • Press Contact
    Céline Cléris
    Carlotta Films
    Paris, 75012
    Phone: +33 1 42 24 53 54
    celine@carlottafilms.com

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