Filmmaker Jem Cohen and a band of angry pranksters — Astra Taylor, Beka Economopoulos, Brandon Jourdan, Laura Hanna, and Julie Talen — are meeting tonight to coordinate a creative response to the new proposed regulations by the Mayor’s office to limit photography and filming on the streets of New York.
“This Thursday members of the film/photography/activist/etc communities will come together to brainstorm ideas for creative actions to take place before the close of the public comment period on August 3rd,” according to a mass email. For those interested in attending the brainstorming session, it will take place from 7pm – 9pm at
The Change You Want To See Gallery and Convergence Stage (84 Havemeyer St., at Metropolitan Ave in Williamsburg). If you can’t make it, you can still voice your complaints to the Mayor’s Office by phone (212.489.6710) or via this online contact form.
On Sunday, arts organization Not An Alternative will host a day of props production to produce visuals for a demonstration against the regulations.
And next Friday at 6:30pm in New York’s Union Square, there will be a rally for the 1st Amendment. According to the email: “This city already has laws against dancing, now we are facing draconian noise ordinances, new regulations regarding film and photography, and the parade and assembly laws that make constitutionally protected dissent almost impossible. It’s time for a push-back, to connect this latest infringement to to a broader narrative…to advance a story, rather than simply reacting. Hope you can join us.”