VENUE: Midtown Cinema
45th Anniversary Screening - New 2K Transfer
With Filmmakers Gary Adelstein and Jerry Orr Presenting In Person!
We are pleased to be screening a NEW 2K Resolution restoration/transfer of "READING 1974: Portrait of a City" by Jerry Orr, Gary Adlestein and Costas Mantis.
This special 45th anniversary screening will be presented by filmmakers Jerry Orr and Gary Adlestein.
"One of the most original and most interesting American independent feature-length films of 1975." - Film Comment, May/June 1976
"So exotic and oozing with character, I forgot I was looking at my own culture. Unforgettable and beautifully bizarre." -Mike Kuchar
"Very impressive - one of the best of its kind that I've seen."- Bill Judson, Film Curator, Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute
An incredible film, Reading 1974 captures a city as the suburbs took over as a mainstay of American life. Shot on 16mm film with various interviews and amazing cinematography, the film transports the viewer back to a time when the city was vibrant and alive, before a lull in the 80's/90's and early 2000's.
The Broadway play "SWEAT" discovered how important the film was and seeked permission to use it as part of their broadway show. This prompted a new 2K restored transfer.
Produced and directed by: Gary Adlestein, Costa Mantis, Jerry Orr. A documentary (in the city symphony tradition begun by experimentalists in the 1920's) that captures the essence of Reading, PA in 1974 at the height of the urban renewal era, when the centers of many mid-sized American cities were gutted and redesigned to make way for the "the future." The film captures its subject at exactly the point when what seemed unique and special about this rather old-fashioned, Pennsylvania Dutch, urban center was rapidly disappearing. This 16mm portrait - the first film to receive a production grant from the PA Council of the Arts - was shown at film venues (eg., MoMA's "What's Happening" series) and festivals throughout the country. As the years have passed, the makers of the documentary have observed it evolve into both a fascinating 1970's time capsule and a poignant cinematic elegy. (According to the 2010 Census Bureau data on cities with a population of more than 65,000, Reading had the "largest share of its residents living in poverty, barely edging out Flint, Mich." - New York Times 10/26/11).
Jerry Orr and Gary Adlestein have visited Moviate many times to show their solo and collaborative pieces. Their organization, Berks Filmmakers was one of the main inspirations for the start of Moviate and the mission to bring avant-garde, underground, and personal cinema to the Harrisburg area.