Westbeth – Home of the Arts.

383 studio apartments in one complex of buildings.

A groundbreaking utopian vision – offering space for art and artists’ families at affordable rents in New York City.

Home to Diana Arbus, Merce Cunningham, Joseph Chaikin, Nam June Paik, John Scofield, Robert de Niro Sr, Vin Diesel, Gil Evans, Nadine Gordimer and 1000’s of artists for the past 40 years.

Once in the middle of nowhere, Westbeth rised out of a once forgotten and dangerous part of New York. Now in the center of the transformed Meatpacking District surrounded by millionaires, the world of fashion and bling.

An intimate film portrait of how Westbeth rescued the arts in a changing Greenwich Village. And demonstrating why every large city around the world should have its own Westbeth.

The film will premiere as part of PEN World Voices April 2011, New York.

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