Recognize the faces in foreground of the Arch on this poster for film “The Lost Village”? To the left is local activist and Community Board 2 Member Sharon Woolums and to the right is New York University professor, author and media critic Mark Crispin Miller with NYU grad student Ziad Dallal in the middle.
“The Lost Village” is a new film screening for the first time on Tuesday, April 4th at The New York City International Film Festival. The film’s focus is a topic near and dear to those who live in and visit (and also write about) Greenwich Village and New York City at large:
Once a haven for the proverbial starving artist who brought creativity as their currency, the Village is now a hang out for cover bands and Wall Street hipsters hopelessly aspiring to recreate something that is lost. We encounter testimony of NYU students turning to prostitution to pay NYU’s very high tuition. Some want NYU to be an educational institution rather than a Landlord.
We find “Mom and Pop Shops” in trouble. Their closures have changed the culture and character of our Village. High rents and no regulations cause over 1,000 small businesses to leave New York City every month.
Can the Village be saved? Or is Greenwich Village lost forever?
Screening Location and Time:
Tuesday, April 4th, 8 p.m.
New York City International Film Festival
The Producers Club
358 West 44th Street, Manhattan
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.