The Manhattan Front – featuring Madame Martha Held played by Lee DeLong. Courtesy of Polyvinyl Films
On November 11th, at 11:00a.m., one hundred years ago, World War I came to an end. To mark the centennial of the World War I armistice, filmmaker and Guggenheim Fellow Cathy Lee Crane will premiere her new experimental and historical film The Manhattan Front at the Anthology Film Archives on November 11th at 11:00a.m. If you are an Untapped Cities Insiders, you can attend this premiere for free. Not an Insider yet? Become a member today to access free behind-the-scenes tours and access to special New York City events all year long!
The Manhattan Front follows the story of a German saboteur who travels to Manhattan to interrupt the export of American munitions to Britain. In the spirit of a silent film from the era, this musical melodrama plays itself out through Crane’s signature aesthetic of fusing historic archival footage with fictional narrative. Much of the archival footage, taken from the National Archives in D.C., of WWI and historic New York City has never been seen before, as it was recently digitally remastered. The filmmaker has also assembled a detailed online visual timeline of WWI that includes historic photos organized by year and theme which you can view here. For updates and peeks behind-the-scenes, you can follow the film on Instagram here.
DATE: Sunday, November 11th at 11:00AM-1:00PM
CAPACITY: 10 guests. Spots allocated on a first come, first served basis.
REGISTRATION: Monday, October 29th, at 12 PM EST
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Cathy Lee Crane has been charting a speculative history on film since 1994. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts as well as grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Her award-winning films (which include the experimental biographies of Pasolini’s Last Words and Unoccupied Zone: The Impossible Life of Simone Weil) have screened at the Viennale, San Francisco International Film Festival, Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Cinematheque Francais, BFI, and Arsenal/Berlin. Her body of work received its first survey in 2015 as part of the American Original Now series at the National Gallery of Art. She is currently in post-production on Crossing Columbus, a documentary on the US/Mexico Borderlands supported by Fellowship residencies with the El Paso Cultural Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Research Center.
A Suffrage Rally. Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration
The Manhattan Front – Leonore Offenback played by Sandra Glinka. Courtesy of Polyvinyl Films
Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration