Tompkins Square Park 1988 [29 min]. This Video takes you on a mini tour around Tompkins Sq. Park; see squatters being evicted, and a demonstration that happened coincidentally. You will also attend a Lower East Side Community Board meeting: "is this Democracy?" suddenly supervised by cops in riot gear and see undercover officers in action.in the Park.
Joe Coleman [59 min]. On a rainy night visit Joe's 20th century bizarre Inforabilia museum on New York's Lower East Side. Coleman, a painter and performance artist was "banned in Boston" and censored by "Price is Right" Bob Barker for his on stage "Geeking Rats" and "Exploding Human" performances. An actor in Shadows in the City. Coleman will give you a psychological and physical tour through the abandoned apartment of Daniel Rakowitz (named the "Monster of Tompkins Square Park" by the press.) Visit Joe's art opening downtown and meet New York notables. This tape profiles Joe Coleman's artistic, eccentric character.
Steven Oddo [29 min]. A straight looking, handsome, bacon fat white, young "boy next door" cuts himself up, draws his own blood, and gives regurgitation performances. This video features interviews with Oddo who explains his pre-necrophilia fantasies, and views Oddo during sensational stage and roof top dramatisations. A German TV crew called Oddo "A Disturbed Young Man."
Nick Zedd [29 min]. A no budget film maker and Lower East Side Punk Icon; from whose 1983 image sprang numerous Zedd look-a-like clones. A steadfast member of the New York Film Scene he works constantly with unique spiritual intensity matched only by the rawness of his movies. When Nick, Connoisseur of New York's dark Underground is not travelling the world showing his cinematic East Village generated movies, he can be seen popping in and out of 'frame' at some of the Lower East Side's historical protests and riots. This video lets you hear the young master's voice and shows snips of his movies as he describes himself and his vision.
Dinkinsville [29 min]. The Mayor of New York called the homeless living in Tompkins Square Park "worse than hardened criminals" - an unusual point of view for someone whose job is to deal with poverty in a realistic way. So as a tribute to the Mayor, the homeless named their Shanty Town 'Dinkinsville.' When NYPD troops marched down the street, there was nowhere left to go, so the homeless used scorched earth techniques to short change the Police assigned to tear them from their cardboard and scrap wood shacks and throw them back on the streets. This video shows the events of that night and the next day.
Tompkins Square Park Police Riot August 1988 [90 min]. The controversial videomaker that has been the focus of the Court battle between the authorities and its maker. The tape was first shown at a special showing at the Millennium on September 19th to an overflow crowd. It wasn't a cliff hanger, but few fell asleep last night at a public screening of a videotape of the Tompkins Square Park Riot. Patterson said: "I want to show the tape to the public so that the People would be the Grand Jury. This was a military action on the Streets of New York and you can see that." - Sharon Broussard (Daily News, Sept. 20, 1988) This is the shortened version of the 'Riot' - the original is 3 hrs and 33 mins.
Camcorder War [59 min]. This is the story of Clayton Patterson who videotaped the Police Riot at Tompkins Square Park in 1988 and how he came to spend twenty days in jail because of this tape, and because of subsequent arrests - as a target of the Police Department. The video shows part of the Police Riot, and some of Clayton's 9 arrests (23 charges - all but one later dismissed). It will explain why it happened in the Lower East Side and what it means to have a militarized neighborhood Police Department.
G.G. Allin [59 min]. "Punk rock's violent man found dead in East Village". This tape, shows G.G. Allin's last concert twelve hours before his death in New York. "G.G. Allin died as he lived. Backed by his band the Murder Junkies, he had only gotten as far as the second song in his set at the Gas Station before he began fighting with his audience." Followed by his fans he ran, naked, into the streets.
Lionel Ziprin esoteric Jewish writer reading some of his work.
Highlights from meetings of the Tattoo Society of New York.
Mickey the "Pope" of Pot (Marijuana) - interview with real life adventures and arrests.
Emil Di Antonio, underground film maker - interview.
Making of Shadows in the City, underground cult classic movie, 1991-92.
Pyramid Archives-Drag Queen performances.
Jim Powers the world famous "Mosaic Man" - at work interview.
Street music, street performers on the Lower East Side.
Views of the L.E.S., Music, Magic, Parades, Fairs, etc.
Satan's Sinners, a Lower East Side gang - Sidewalk Commandos.