I dropped the ball earlier this week and didn't post an update ordering all New Yorkers to go see Rory and Robin Muir's DOWNTOWN LOCALS (www.downtownlocals.com) when it screened at The Pioneer Theater Tuesday night. But fear not, for the film is showing again tonight at 8pm in Williamsburg as part of the funky-fresh Rooftop Films screening series. Go here for details:
The documentary follows six subway buskers as they struggle to maintain their dignity in an underground environment that can be cruel and unrelenting. If you're a real New Yorker (i.e., you ride the subway), you will almost certainly recognize at least one of the film's subjects. For me, it was Ronnie Raffel, a truly gifted musician who marked his territory at the 14th St. station (F train downtown).
As I wrote many months ago when I saw the film at the Independent Film Festival of Boston, I find it absolutely disgusting that this film didn't make it into Tribeca, presumably because Rory and Robin had already screened the film in the Northeast. Continue to play by those rules, Tribeca, and you'll always have one of the most disappointing festivals in the world. Show relevant New York City films *in addition to* your quota of world and continental premieres and your stock will immediately rise. That's all I have to say about that.
Tonight there is supposed to be a pre-screening performance at 8:30 by some of the documentary's featured players, which will lead into the film itself at 9. If I were in NYC, I would be there. Unfortunately, I'm not heading back until tomorrow evening, so I will simply have to be there in spirit...