"Ed Koch"
"Ed Koch"

Zeitgeist Films has acquired debut filmmaker Neil Barsky’s documentary “Koch” for a late January theatrical release. The film will have its world premiere at the Hamptons Film Festival October 8, with the film’s subject, former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, in attendance to deliver an introduction and participate in a Q&A.

“Ed Koch is an institution, and when you say ‘New York’ you practically think of him in the same breath,” said Zeitgeist co-presidents Emily Russo and Nancy Gerstman. “We certainly do, and we have much admiration for Neil’s ability to capture, with humor and grace, the essence of this multifaceted -- and complex -- man. Through the use of rare archival footage, ‘Koch’ also captures the vibrancy of New York City in the 1980s, as it struggles with AIDS, crack and homelessness.”

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Koch was mayor from 1977-1989, and Barsky is a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal and New York Daily News. Jenny Carchman produced the film.

Zeitgeist has recently released “The Salt of Life,” “Elena” and “China Heavyweight.” The documentary “Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters” is forthcoming.