Memory Lane at Tribeca

by Michael D. Sellers Of all the festifvals we’ve had films in, Tribeca is probably the best and it was a real experience to go there for the Eye of the Dolphin screenings, especially for me. That’s because it was the first trip back to New York in twenty-odd years (won’t say exactly how many) since I was at NYU. As it worked out, the first screening of EOD was at a theater that turned out to be just a couple of blocks from the NYU Graduate film school. Very surreal.Peer Oppenheimer, Exec Producer, was there and had the good grace to hire a limo (I would have taken the LRT to 4th street and walked over)….so we arrived early and after I checked in with the film-maker coordinator, I had half an hour to walk the neighborhood.Truly it was a little strange — to finally come back to New York after all these years and have the film screen right around the corner from NYU. I hiked down to East 7th Street….there was new construction on the corner…but then as I walked down East 7th there was McSorley’s bar (it’s been there since 1850), still smelling of stale ale and sawdust…..lots of preppy looking lawyer types sucking down suds….the old neighborhood still looked pretty much the same — if anything, a little cleaer and brighter. It was one of those iconic New York City days … grey, cold enough to make walking seem like a good idea…makes you think of Joan Baez’ “Diamonds and Rust” (“I can see staring out that window of that crummy hotel over Washington Square/Our breath comes out white clouds mingles and hangs in the air/Speaking strictly for me we both could have died then and there)….And then it was back to the theater fr the screening. Here’s a pic of me and Peer Oppenheimer in the lobby of the theater…

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