WORKING HORSES takes a look at three different groups of people who spend their lives working for and around horses: farmers, working folk, and animal rights activists. The three worlds eventually collide in New York City as the city considers a ban on the local horse carriage trade.
Short film “Freshkills PARK,” part of “One Day on Earth,” explores what will become NYC’s biggest park.
Staten Island is sometimes called New York City’s “forgotten borough,” but for decades it fulfilled a key role as the home of the Big Apple’s sole landfill, taking in the rest of the city’s garbage. But the familiar fragrance of refuse is fading. After more than a decade of work by the NYC Parks Department, parts of the Freshkills Landfill are turning over a new leaf as part of the planned Freshkills Park—which will eventually become the largest green space in the city.
“Freshkills PARK,” a new short film co-produced by Left Turn Productions and One Day On Earth, investigates on the complex realities of this environmental puzzle. When the park fully opens to the public decades from now, it will span 2,200 acres (nearly 3 times the size of Central Park) and feature nature trails, plus spaces for a variety of activities including mountain biking, horseback riding, and kayaking.
“The existence of this park raises a lot of questions about how we deal with our effect on nature,” co-director Peter Haas says. “It’s great that we’re able to reclaim this blighted area, but it’s going to take us 40 years to fix something that we destroyed in a relatively short period of time. And it’s not like can ever completely restore the habitat that was lost—we’re still imposing a new ecosystem on the land.”
**World Premiere coming up at the Brooklyn Film Festival!**
PETER PAN BAKERY explores the personalities inhabiting the counter space at the famous donut shop, where old and new clientele mingle, painting an intimate portrait of the bakery as a unwavering neighborhood institution.
The documentary is one of the first films to be totally shot on the Digital Bolex D16, a re-imagining of a classic camera for the 21st century.
Anthony has driven a school bus in Staten Island, New York for twenty-four years. His plans to retire suddenly grind to a halt when the Union (ATU 1181) go on strike in response to a contract dispute with the City of New York. The film follows Anthony and his fellow drivers to the picket line, where they find themselves battling harsh winter weather, a media blackout, Union politics and a Mayor who refuses to negotiate.