There Were Always Dogs, Never Kids (Special Mention Award for documentary, Milano MIX Festival 2012) is a 23 minute documentary about New York City’s legendary video store ALAN'S ALLEY.
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As strange and stubborn as New York itself, Alan’s Alley is a video store that has managed to keep up with changing times paradoxically by not changing much at all. Flickering its neon proudly since 1988 on a block of Manhattan’s West Chelsea, this madcap cluster of bizarrely arranged movies, falling down tags and candy machines is equal part archive, conversation salon, and cabinet of wonders. With a collection of 40,000 titles and a devoted clientele that spans from movie stars to local prison inmates, this historic place is much more than just the last dinosaur standing at the edge of the tar pit.
Directed and edited by Alessandro Magania and Max Tannone, THERE WERE ALWAYS DOGS, NEVER KIDS is a profile of Alan’s Alley and its charismatic owner, Alan Sklar. Nothing pleases Alan more than supplying his diverse clientele with just the right movie for their needs. When advertising agencies and TV networks need film footage to present a concept, or for a montage, they rely on Alan and his staff to dig up a list of movies, often by simply giving a description of ambience or actions. Along the way we discuss with Sklar and his devoted customers the history of the business, the threat of new media and his staggering collection of 40,000+ titles (many rare or never-released-to-DVD). All under the scrutiny of the store’s sovereign mascot, DJ the cat.
DIRECTED, PRODUCED, AND EDITED BY: Alessandro Magania & Max Tannone
INTERVIEW PHOTOGRAPHY: Pacino Bing
INTERVIEW PRODUCTION SOUND MIXER: Mike Reilly
ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY: Alessandro Magania & Max Tannone
ORIGINAL SONG "CATS CAN'T REWIND": Max Tannone
COLORIST: TJ Seiler
POST-PRODUCTION FACILITY: Subvoyant
COLORING FACILITY: Off Hollywood