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THIS USED TO BE NEW YORK

THE PROJECTIONIST

Directed by Abel Ferrara
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 81 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE THE PROJECTIONIST
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9:30 PM - SUN 4/28
For much of the last half century, Cyprus-born theater operator Nick Nicolaou has lived and breathed the world of New York City cinema. Starting with the Times Square’ adult film houses of the 1970’s and moving through decades of forced change at the hands of city regulation, chain takeovers, and vast cultural shifts, Nicolaou now exists as one of the last truly independent theater owners left standing, as he works to keep his low-cost theaters alive in an industry aiming to push them out.

Returning to the city for his first New York-set documentary in nearly a decade, Abel Ferrara traces both the story of Nicolaou’s life and the changing city that it reflects, from the cleansing of Times Square to the fight for survival of the outer boroughs’ few remaining neighborhood theaters. The result is a charmingly off-the-cuff odyssey through the history of film exhibition, New York, and the long-standing intersection of the two.

—Cameron Sinz
New York, Documentary
About the Director(s)
Born in the Bronx in 1951, Ferrara started making Super-8 films as a teenager. In the mid-70s, he moved downtown to make Driller Killer, Ms. 45, and later, Bad Lieutenant and The Addiction, among others. He recently wrapped Tommaso with Willem Dafoe and is working on his new film, Siberia.

Film Info
  • Section:
    This Used to be New York
  • Year:
    2019
  • Length:
    81 minutes
  • Language:
    English, Greek
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    World
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Abel Ferrara
  • Producer:
    Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Michael M. Bilandic, Joshua Blum, Katie Stern, Michael Weber
  • Cinematographer:
    Ken Kelsch
  • Editor:
    Fabio Nunziata
  • Composer:
    Joe Delia
  • Cast:
    Nicolas Nicolaou, Abel Ferrara

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