Ben Solomon and Dan Levin
USA / 2007 / 90minutes
Times and Venues:
Woodstock Town Hall
Since 1979, Clayton Patterson has dedicated his life to documenting the final era of raw creativity and lawlessness in New York City's Lower East Side, a neighborhood famed for art, music and revolutionary minds. Traversing the outside edge he's recorded a dark and colorful society, from drag to hardcore, heroin, homelessness, political chaos and ultimately gentrification. His odyssey from voyeur to provocateur reveals that it can take losing everything you love to find your own significance.
Ben Solomon was born and raised in downtown Manhattan. A child of the Eighties with a poet father and photographer mother, he grew up surrounded and inspired by the arts and the streets of New York City.
Dan Levin comes from a family tradition of filmmakers. Also born and raised in New York City, he is a 3rd generation director on his father's side.
In 2001, while still seniors in high school Solomon and Levin collaborated on their first film "La Ciudad Del Hip Hop." The short documentary was shot entirely on location in Havana, Cuba, and explores the lives of the communist nation's struggling and pioneering Hip Hop artists. After graduating from Emerson College in 2005 with BA's in film, they formed BENvsDAN Productions and immediately began working on "Captured."
In 2006 the duo also created "Born to the Purple,", a DVD release about Harlem rap group Purple City, distributed internationally by Koch records.
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