this was a very special wedding for us. katie and i got to fly out with our good friends tyler + katie branch (you must go see their pictures from this wedding...amazing), to the small town, Haslington outside of Manchester. maria picked us up from the airport, giddy and excited, and we felt like we had known her for years. being that it was the first time that we met her, and we were filming her wedding two days later, we were all glad that we hit it off right away. the next couple days consisted of getting to know nick+maria better, and getting to see the venue locations for the first time. their wedding day was so special and unique to them, from the getting ready and seeing Maria get to video chat with her mom back in California, to Nick getting to just have some relaxing time with his best man, and knowing that both of them were so anxious to see each other. their chapel was on an epic proportion--i mean how often do you get to see or visit or pink chapel in the middle of nowhere? and the special baptismal ceremony for their son Jackson was great to be a part of. and hands down, once all the business was taken care of, these people knew how to have a good time, with hours of dancing, chinese lantern send off and great food. we had a blast getting to know, capture and hang out with Nick, Maria and Jackson--and have the best of wishes for their family! we are so glad to have made these friends.
Are you ready for donuts on the big screen?! A new, digitally remastered version of PETER PAN BAKERY will be screening at the Brooklyn Film Festival June 1st and June 2nd. Come support the film and the bakery!
The new short film “PETER PAN BAKERY” (dir. Keif Roberts & Peter J. Haas) examines locals who work and dine at the family-owned Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop, a long-standing establishment withstanding waves of change that are engulfing the Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint.
Pete Wells, New York Times restaurant critic, has called the shop a mainstay of New York pastry tradition:
“The fillings don’t go much beyond strawberry jam, and if they happen to be local, it’s strictly a coincidence. But when you… pine for something ‘old-time, from when a donut cost a dime,’ this is the place for you.”
The Polish-dominated neighborhood around Peter Pan is one of the latest hot points of gentrification. Many life-long residents are finding themselves forced to leave their neighborhood as rents skyrocket.
“Greenpoint was resistant to development, but now that’s changing. [Peter Pan] is an anchor to what Greenpoint has been over the years.” - Sven, 20-year Greenpoint resident, interviewed in the film.
For over sixty years, through waves of immigration and gentrification alike, the counters at Peter Pan has remained a consistent space for for coffee, donuts, and conversation.
“What’s beautiful about this place is that it’s half the people who grew up here their whole life and then you have the younger people coming into the neighborhood.” - Bob, 76, a Peter Pan regular who has earned the nickname “The Ambassador” for his ability to make connections.
“Peter Pan Bakery” explores the personalities inhabiting the counter space where old and new clientele mingle, painting an intimate portrait of the bakery as a unwavering neighborhood institution. The documentary is also one of the first films to be totally shot on the Digital Bolex D16, a reimagining of a classic camera for the 21st century.