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NY TIMES OP DOCS:
SOUL OF A SCRAPYARD

Across the street from Citi Field in Queens there is a hidden corner of New York known as the Iron Triangle. It’s a shantytown of scrap yards and auto body shops, flanked by three intersecting streets that form a triangle. In the morning hours, as people convene on the dirt roads while sea gulls flock overhead, the neighborhood of Willets Point seems a world away from what many of us think of New York City, with its upswell of luxury apartments and gentrification.

Directed By: Mike Plunkett & Andrew David Watson
Cinematography by: Andrew David Watson
Steadicam by: Gabriel Pimenta
Edit by: Mike Plunkett & Winnie Cheung
Assistant Editor: Matt Egan
Sound Design by: Julienne Guffain
Colorist: Eric Schwalbe

Music:
Lives are threads by Salomon Ligthelm
Midnight by Salomon Ligthelm
National Anthem performed by Patricia Ortega

Production and Post Services:
Crew Cuts
Picture Farm Productions


THE REAL MOTEL LIFE



OFFICIAL SELECTION Brooklyn Film Festival 2013

The Real Motel Life is a living video portrait of Reno, Nevada. Through the intimate interviews of it's residents, both permanent and temporary, we dive into a transient city that still hasn't bounced back from the recession.
Our selection of characters range from Toni, the "adult entertainer" who works out of her motel room, to Audrey, an ex-Reno cop trying to raise her three sons in a safe environment, and Ron, a friendly motel lifer who enjoys drinking alone in his own room. They all end up living in motels for different reasons, but each maintain a very positive outlook on their future.

PRODUCER: Ann Ruark
DIRECTOR of PHOTOGRAPHY: John Romano



ALONE/TOGETHER



Produced by VICE & presented by USA Network.

Humanity turned monogamy into the institution of marriage when owning stuff defined status, and the sexual partner defined who inherited it. Things haven't changed too much since then, but now we have DNA testing, making monogamous partnerships basically obsolete. To no surprise, we also have a 50% divorce rate.

In episode two, we explore what commitment looks like today. We meet Noel Biderman, the guy who created Ashley Madison, an online dating site for married people looking to hook up with other married people. We also meet Henry and Genevieve, a married couple who openly sleep with other people, and as a result fall deeper in love with each other.

So if old school commitment is fizzling, but sex still satisfies, maybe we just need to share the love.

Click here for full episodes.