NY, NY: A Century of City Symphony Films, Curated by Jon Gartenberg at NYU Tisch

Michelson Theater, 721 Broadway, 6th Floor
Wednesday, October 28, 6:15 P.M.

Still from  Empire II  (Amos Poe, 2007)

Still from Empire II (Amos Poe, 2007)

Archivist and curator Jon Gartenberg (MA, Cinema Studies) provides an overview of the genre of City Symphony Films produced in New York City, extending from the period of early cinema at the dawn of the 20th century through to the digital works of the first decade of 21st Century, as seen through the lens of independent and experimental filmmakers.

This presentation is based on his article "NY NY: A Century of City Symphony Films” that was recently published in Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media.


Interiors, N.Y. Subway, 14th Street to 42nd Street (1905, G. W. Bitzer). 5 min.
Empire of Steel: A Story of a Supreme Achievement in Steel Construction (1931, Otis Elevator Co.). 6 min.
The City (1939, Ralph Steiner and Willard Van Dyke). [Sequence: City Life]. 13 min.
New York: A Documentary Film (2001, Ric Burns). [Sequence: Introduction to Episode 7]. 3 min.
The D Train (2011, Jay Rosenblatt). 5 min.
N.Y., N.Y. (1957, Francis Thompson). 15 min.
Block Print (1976, George Griffin). 16 min.
Empire II (2007, Amos Poe),. [Sequence: Main Title Opening]. 5 min.
Native New Yorker (2005, Steve Bilich). 13 min.
NYC Weights and Measures (2006, Jem Cohen). 6 min.

TRT: 87 min.

This event is free and open to the public. Click here for the NYU Tisch Cinema Studies announcement for this event.