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American Made: Cars, Trucks and Working Machines

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October 20, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Doors open at 6 pm; $15 ($10 NYSCI members)

Programmed by Todd Chandler and Jeff Stark
The Last Truck and Foreign Parts with Lift by Sarah McMillan 

Empire Drive-In is filled with cars from a Brooklyn scrapyard. Most of those cars are less than 15 years old. This is not an accident. In the 1920s cars were made to last. By the 1970s they were disposable, the result of planned obsolescence. The films in this program tell stories about the resilient characters who live and work in neighborhoods, factories, and jobs soon to be obsolete. The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant, by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, offers an inside story of the last days of a General Motors plant in Moraine, Ohio. Véréna Paravel and J.P. Sniadecki’s Foreign Parts spends a year in Willets Point, just around the corner from Empire Drive-In. The film captures a community of mechanics, wreckers, and recyclers who do bang-up business under threat of eminent domain. The films are preceded by Lift, a live performance with machine choreography by Sarah McMillan.

This is part of the Empire Drive-In series at NYSCI.

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