[Hpn] 'Reel' N.Y. Homeless:Art and the city;NY Daily News;NYC, NY;7/6/01

Morgan W. Brown morganbrown@hotmail.com
Fri, 06 Jul 2001 13:03:51 -0400

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are Web addresses for related Web sites -- FYI.


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Friday, July 6, 2001
New York Daily News <http://www.nydailynews.com>
[New York, New York]
Arts & Lifestyle
Television section
'Reel' N.Y. Homeless
Art and the city

NEW YORK: IMAGES FROM THE EDGE. Tonight at 10 p.m., Ch. 13.

Halfway through its sixth season, Channel 13's "Reel New York" series 
continues digging up distinctive, offbeat stories about the city and its 
people as told by New York-based independent filmmakers.

Tonight's installment devotes the vast majority of its airtime to "New York: 
Images From the Edge," a documentary by director Joost Bosland and producer 
Hans Otten. The film offers portraits of five New Yorkers who share two 
qualities: They're homeless, and they're artists.

Lean, unsentimental and infused with the visual energy of the city, the film 
lets the people speak for themselves (an occasional question is heard from 
off-camera), explaining their work, their living circumstances and, in some 
cases, their encounters with mental-health and municipal bureaucracies.

A homeless musician in 'New York: Images From the Edge'
The principal subjects are a varied bunch: Chris Campbell is a 
singer/songwriter. Rose Mary Wall paints canvasses of street scenes and 
building facades. James Terrell clips magazine photos and illustrations and 
fashions them into dramatic collages. Thai Varick creates wire sculptures. 
Carla Cubit is a performance poet who also turns found materials to 
folk-art-like sculptures.

Joost's camera leaves no doubt that day-to-day existence is a challenge for 
these people. Wall and her sick husband, for example, share a squatters' 
apartment with a skittish cat, an emaciated dog and myriad piles of debris. 
The ramshackle building has electricity service but apparently no heat.

Cubit, who says she has been diagnosed with chronic undifferentiated 
schizophrenia, stays in an otherwise abandoned apartment where the absence 
of running water turns the mere act of making coffee into an arduous 

What emerges time and again, however, is the dedication of these people to 
their artwork, a dedication that takes priority even over life's logistical 

For musician Campbell, singing is as essential as oxygen, he says, climbing 
a stairway into a tiny rehearsal room that contains a piano.

Terrell, now quartered at the Harlem One Men's Shelter, talks about how he 
has been ejected by other shelters in the past, at least partly because of 
the space he requires to spread out his raw materials and make his collages.

The film also hints at its subjects' frail psyches.

Varick, for example, says he thinks his life isn't too bad. "No one wants to 
kill me because they like what I do," he says, referring to his sculptures.

Tonight's "Reel New York" concludes with two very short films  "Wall," by 
Jodi Kaplan and "I Stop Writing the Poem," by Veena Sud  that offer visual 
interpretations of poems. It's an intriguing, if disconnected, way to finish 
off the hour.

E-mail: eminktv@yahoo.com

Original Publication Date: 7/6/01

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Reel New York - Season 6:


-- Independent Film and Video

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WNET - Channel 13 - NY:



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Morgan <morganbrown@hotmail.com>
Morgan W. Brown
Montpelier Vermont USA

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