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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)

Charles Lane’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.  
Until now.
 
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

Synopsis: 

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.
 
Trailer: 
Reelblack TV Interview w/ Mr. Lane:
 

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Comments

Ava

I saw this film when it aired on PBS when I was a kid and I thought it was wonderful. I'm glad Sidewalk Stories will get to see the light of day again and more people will get the chance to see it. Would love it if in the future distributors like Netflix and TV networks like Sundance and Bounce TV aire this down the road.
I remember asking about it in later years and only getting quizzical looks in return. It really has been a lost gem.

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