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For some ten years at the turn of the century, early filmmakers shot documentary film footage throughout New York City to provide, in the words of a recent Grand Central Terminal exhibit endorsed by New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting (see BlackBerry photo above), “the first consistent group of American films to explore a single subject: the city itself.” A number of these films were screened on a continuous loop during the exhibit to underscore the history of filmmaking in New York City. And it was alongside an exhibit of these films that Mayor Bloomberg, on June 11th, presented the second annual “Made In New York Awards” honoring those who have contributed to the City’s entertainment industry

Could these “actualities,” as they were dubbed, have been made under the new film permit rules now proposed by the MOFTB (see related indieWIRE article). One hundred years after our first filmmakers captured New York City on film for the first time, these new rules would stifle the films and photographs of countless New Yorkers.

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