Branko and 111 First Street Movie Artists

Sumei Presents:

111 First Street:

From Paris to Jersey City, They Showed No Love

A film by Ironbound filmmaker and photojournalist Raul “Branko” Romero

October 18, 2014 Film Screening and artist’s talk. Two hours and 13 minutes.

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111 First Street

“The drama surrounding the rise and literal fall of 111 First St. is a well-documented chapter in recent Jersey City history.” “A large and sprawling warehouse building blocks from the waterfront, 111 First St. provided about 130 studio and living space to dozens of Jersey City artists beginning in the 1980s when the city was decidedly less trendy than it is today, and when real estate was cheap. As developers began mining the waterfront in search of a Gold Coast, Lloyd Goldman, who owns the 111 site and another property at 110 First St., realized he was sitting on two of Jersey City’s most lucrative properties.”

“I wanted to film something about 111 First St. that would be a historical document. I wanted to record what it meant for the artists to be living there, working there together,” said Branko. “I wanted to make a connection between living in that building, having so many artists concentrated there, and the affect it had on their work. [W]hat it meant to have all these geniuses in one place.”

“Over the course of two years, from 2003 to 2004, he filmed interviews with several 111 artists in their studios and captured footage of them at work. There is even some footage of the Annual Artists’ Studio Tours, which grew out of the nexus of artists at 111 First St. The lest of the artists were finally forced out in 2005.”

E. Assata Wright, Hudson Reporter

Branko and 111 First Street Movie Artists

Branko and 111 First Street Movie Artists

“The 111 First Street building, was located at the Powerhouse Arts District, Jersey City or WALDO neighborhood zone. You could say that landlords and politicians had created this Art Zone, to fill the empty abandoned warehouses, with working artists. They couldn’t rent the spaces as apartments, and companies did not want to rent as warehouse or work space. When this land became valuable, the politicians and landlords, unceremoniously declared the artists persona non-grata. They removed the Art Zone and historic building designations and passed new ones to allow new upper class, residential construction. 

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Branko

First remove the artists, then the low income group, then the middle class, you get the idea. At the 111 First Street building, there were painters, sculptors, photographers, music studios, music bands, art galleries, printers, filmmakers, writers, poets, cabinet makers, etc.; some Americans and others from various countries.  The building was demolished in 2007.

This movie is a historical document of a substantial concentration of artists in the same location-building, in the US.

In the history of mankind, this location compares to a few places, where so much artistic talent has been housed at the same place and time.”

Branko

 

Fado Performance at the Firestation

Words and Music

Performance Friday night, October 11th

from 9:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Come early to see the exhibition and rub elbows!

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Fatima Santos, Vocalist

Words and Music

The music of José Afonso, Adriano Correia de Oliveira, José Niza, José Luis Iglésias, and Teresa Silva Carvalho, and the poetry of António Gedeão, Fernando Pessoa, Alexandre O’Neill, and João S Martins.
Performers: Fátima Santos (vocals) & José Luis Iglésias (classical guitar).

 

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Jose Loius Iglesias

José Luis Iglésias, Portuguese guitar

 

 

 

 

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IRONBOUND UNBOUND #5

Our 5th annual IRONBOUND UNBOUND will run during the Newark Arts Council’s Open Doors Studio Tour 2014, opening October 10, 2014 at the Prospect St. Firestation. 16 artists will participate.

The exhibition will be featured in Sumei’s Ironbound Unbound Art Magazine.

ART

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Linda Jacobs: Kearny, New Jersey

In celebration of the 350th anniversary of New Jersey and the rebuilding of the Pulaski Skyway, Sumei Art Center presents a program of exhibition, performance and history of the Pulaski Skyway and its place in New Jersey.  The question:  What is the iconic meaning of a Bridge?
Featuring the works of:

Linda Jacobs Lorin Roser & Nina Kuo
Antonio Rendeiro Kate Colabella
Anker West Linda Gottesfeld
Daniel A Lembo Lisa Cameron
Fermin Mendoza Marco Munoz
Franc Palaia Robert DiMatteo
Harry Prott Trix Rosen
John Bendel Zenna Broomer

 WORDS AND MUSIC

Music

Fátima Santos & José Luis Iglésias

A night of Portuguese Music and Poetry with Fátima Santos (vocals) & José Luis Iglésias (classical guitar).

The music of José Afonso, Adriano Correia de Oliveira, José Niza, José Luis Iglésias, and Teresa Silva Carvalho, and the poetry of António Gedeão, Fernando Pessoa, Alexandre O’Neill, and João S Martins.

 

 FILM AND DISCUSSION

P. Lorillard and Co's Tobacco Manufactory

111 First Street

111 ARTISTS

Branko and 111 First St. Movie Artists

Sumei presents “111 First Street: From Paris to Jersey City, They Showed No Love.” A film by Ironbound filmmaker and photojournalist Raul “Branko” Romero. The 111 First Street building was located at the Powerhouse Arts District, Jersey City or WALDO neighborhood zone.
“You could say that landlords and politicians had created this Art Zone to fill the empty, abandoned warehouses with working artists. They couldn’t rent the spaces as apartments, and companies did not want to rent as warehouse or work space. When this land became valuable, the politicians and landlords unceremoniously declared the artists personae non-grata. They removed the Art Zone and historic building designations and passed new ones to allow new upper class, residential construction.

The film is 2 hours and 13 minutes, followed by a discussion with the artist.

 

This program is supported in part by the Newark Arts Council, the Ironbound Business Improvement District,  and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

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