In Person: Filmmaker NEIL BARSKY
Former Mayor Ed Koch is the quintessential New Yorker. Still ferocious, charismatic, and hilariously blunt, the now 88-yearold
Koch ruled New York from 1978 to 1989a down-and-dirty decade of grit, graffiti, near-bankruptcy and rampant
crime. First-time filmmaker (and former Wall Street Journal reporter) Neil Barsky has crafted an intimate and revealing portrait of this intensely private man, his legacy as a political titan, and the town he helped transform. The tumult of his three terms included a fiercely competitive 1977 election; an infamous 1980 transit strike; the burgeoning AIDS epidemic; landmark housing renewal initiatives; and an irreparable municipal corruption scandal. Through candid interviews and rare archival footage, Koch thrillingly chronicles the personal and political toll of running the world's most wondrous city in a time of upheaval and reinvention. (USA, 2012, 95 mins., color Director: Neil Barsky)
Highly entertaining, and at times quite moving."
- Ralph Gardner, Jr., WALL STREET JOURNAL
"A cinematic view of former New York City mayor Ed Koch. The wartsand-
all portrait of the complicated leader of a major metropolis explores
both the political and the personal. "
- Milva DiDomizio, BOSTON GLOBE
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