Director Charles Lane on Why/How His Silent Classic ‘Sidewalk Stories’ Became a “Lost” Classic (Screening at Reelblack 6/25)
Director Charles Lane on Why/How His Silent Classic 'Sidewalk Stories' Became a "Lost" Classic (Screening at Reelblack 6/25)
’s “Sidewalk Stories” was released in November, 1989 by Island Pictures to wide acclaim. It’s filmmaker, Charles Lane, was courted by Hollywood, where he made one film (“True Identity”) and co-starred in another (“Posse”) then disappeared.
“Sidewalk Stories” aired once on PBS, but was never re-released or distributed on VHS or DVD. It is considered a “lost” classic.
Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American Film, closes its 11th Season with a special 25th Anniversary screening of the indie classic “Sidewalk Stories.”
Recently restored from the original negative, writer/director/star Charles Lane will be on hand for a post-film discussion with Reelblack founder Mike D. and independent filmmaker Rel Dowdell.
Preceded by: A Long Walk (2014/15 min/ DVD/ dir Chinonye Chukwu): A father humiliates his son by parading him through the neighborhood in women’s clothing in front of all the other kids on a summer day. The impact of that decision ripples through his family and best friend’s lives for years to come. (Filmmaker in person).
Admission $10 Adults/ $8 Students and Seniors/ $5 Reelblack and IHouse Members
Preorder tix now at http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/575639
On a wintry Greenwich Village street, portrait artist Charles Lane (the writer/director himself) battles a bullying, giant fellow artist, strokes attractive businesswoman Sandye Wilson’s cheek a little more than needed to get those proportions right, then gets stuck with adorable tot Nicole Alysia when her gambler dad gets knifed — all in black and white silence… and without the use of a single inter-title. An homage to Chaplin’s The Kid (and other movies) set in a then-tough Village environment (Lane squats in a wreck slated for demolition) and clearly capturing the plight of the homeless, Sidewalk Stories retains a magical sense of the fable, until a final, startling switch to… Winner of the Prix du Public at the Cannes Film Festival, Sidewalk Stories became a hit independent film around the world, but then disappeared: it’s never been on DVD or home video. Approx. 97 min. DCP, restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata and released by Carlotta Films US.
Reelblack TV Interview w/ Mr. Lane: