New York City has been the inspiration for many films over the years, and now it’s the inspiration for a new anthology film about the city and the characters who call the city home. “True New York” anthologizes five award-winning short documentaries that focus on people from different corners of the city, from taxi drivers to street performers.
The five films are as follows: 1. Jordan Roth’s “C-Rock” explores a group of Bronx kids who leap off a 100-foot tall cliff into the Harlem River, a dangerous rite of passage going back generations; 2. Joshua Z. Weinstein’s “Taxi Garage” looks inside a Queen taxi depot and follows Johnnie “Spider” Footman, a colorful octogenarian who is New York’s oldest taxi driver; 3. Jeremy Workman’s “One Track Mind” reveals the amazing story of Philip Coppola, who has devoted four decades to cataloging every station in the New York City subway system; 4. Yoni Brook’s “A Sons’s Sacrifice” follows a 27-year-old who confronts his mixed Bangladeshi-Puerto Rican heritage and tries to gain acceptance from his father’s conservative community; and finally, 5. Sam Cullman and Benjamin Rosen’s “Black Cherokee,” which focuses on Otis Houston Jr., a self-taught artist from Harlem who performs along Manhattan’s FDR Drive.
“True New York” will be released on DVD and on iTunes on November 15 from First Run Features. For more information, check out the film’s web page. Check out the trailer and poster below.