BFA Photography Department faculty member Josef â€śBirdmanâ€ť Astorâ€™s new documentary film Lost Bohemia recently opened in New York City to critical acclaim.
Described by The New York Times as â€śa sad and spirited elegy,â€ť the film chronicles the struggle surrounding the apartments above Carnegie Hall, which have long been home to artists, writers, musicians and dancers, who are now facing eviction as the space is converted to offices. Astor, himself a 20-year resident of the building, made the film to preserve the rich heritage of the apartments and the personal stories of his neighbors.
Time Out New York says, â€śConsidering the high cost of living in NYC, it can be easy to dismiss the hardships of rent-controlled bohemians, but as seen from the inside, itâ€™s clear that something much bigger was at stake: the very heart of a city that prides itself on art, but habitually privileges the bottom line.â€ť
Lost Bohemia is playing at IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue, New York.
Images: (top) production still from Lost Bohemia; (bottom) official trailer for Lost Bohemia.