For the past couple years, I've been working on re-releasing one of my favorite documentaries, if not one of my all-time top films.
80 Blocks From Tiffany's.
You may be familiar with it. If not, that's completely understandable. It was only released commercially in a small run on VHS way back in 1985. It is essential viewing material and will fit snugly beside your copies of Style Wars, Wild Style, and any other old-New York City classic.
Here's the official trailer I've put together.
Only a film-maker like Gary Weis, with strong youth and counter-culture credentials (including his numerous productions for the original Saturday Night Live), could penetrate the mental and physical fortresses constructed by the young toughs who prowl the New York streets in gangs. Weis gets on the inside of these gangs and exposes their illegal activities, their techniques, their reasons, their girls, and the cops who interact with them.
The much anticipated DVD release will include the feature film as well as never before seen interviews, a 40 page hard cover book featuring brand new liner notes, artwork by Julian Allen, the original "Savage Skulls" article by the late Jon Bradshaw (Esquire Magazine, June 1977), and more.