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Field Niggas Directed by Khalik Allah Opens October 16 at the Made in NY Media Center Comprised almost entirely of slo-mo shots of the homeless (and some neighborhood denizens) living at the 125th Street/Lexington Avenue section of Harlem, Khalik Allah's Field Niggas could easily be accused of exploiting and aestheticizing its subjects. Yet Allah's simple yet effective documentary methods prevent FN from succumbing to poverty tourism. The most significant method divides sound from image: Allah recorded audio...
Time Out of Mind Directed by Oren Moverman Opens September 9 Oren Moverman has only directed three features, but the small sample size is potent. Each of his film’s are about stubborn and conflicted men left behind by the winds of change, forced to occupy a place on the fringes of society. They have stressful jobs, like in 2009’s The Messenger and 2011’s Rampart, or no job at all, as is the case with drifter George Hammond...
Since 1989, photographer Margaret Morton has been documenting New York City’s homeless residents and their ad hoc dwellings, homes cobbled together from driftwood, tarps, and blankets. She’s befriended communities living in Tompkins Square Park’s tarpaulin village, in the Lower East Side squat Glass House, and in a two-and-a-half mile long tunnel on the Upper West Side. The city’s homeless population is now at a record high of nearly 60,000 people--its highest levels since the Great Depression....
This week, Mayor de Blasio debuted a new program, called NYC Safe, that will identify, treat, and regularly follow up with New Yorkers who have both histories of mental illness and histories of violence. The initiative, which will cost the city $22 million a year, is part of a larger effort to reform how the city cares for the mental health of its residents. Its debut comes on the heels of a number of violent acts...

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