I just got Hipped to this cutting edge documentary about life on the Lower East Side of New York City from 79′ to present… Very good watch. It comes very highly recommended, especially for those into counter culture, art, music and seeing just how the ongoing gentrification of lower income neighborhoods affect it’s residents.
Since 1979 Clayton Patterson has dedicated his life to documenting the final era of raw creativity and lawlessness in New York City’s Lower East Side, a neighborhood famed for art, music and revolutionary minds. Traversing the outside edge he’s recorded a dark and colorful society, from drag to hardcore, heroin, homelessness, political chaos and ultimately gentrification. His odyssey from voyeur to provocateur reveals that it can take losing everything you love to find your own significance.
portrait of Clayton Patterson, by Kathy Lo, courtesy The Journal Magazine
photos by Clayton Patterson
Go and check the CAPTURED Blog for a deeper look into some of the folks and events surrounding the release of the film.