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TAPPED IN Yorkville Residents Sue MTA Over Subway Entrances For the second time in two years, the residents of Yorkshire Towers at 315 E. 86th Street are suing MTA for placing two subway entrances right outside their 21-story building - right in front of their driveway and parking garage, reported. The lawsuit was filed March 15th, and states, “the agency flouted its own guidelines and environmental review by proceeding with the plan for the stop on the long-delayed subway line.” So what do the residents want? They want the MTA to completely stop work outside their building, and only have one subway entrance. This would follow suit of residents on 72nd Street, who recently won a case against MTA to move an entrance right in front of their building. But the lawsuit didn’t work two years ago, when Yorkshire Towers raised similar legal concerns, and they were thrown out by a judge.

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DOT Announces Changes to 1st Ave The Department of Transportation began circulating a flyer announcing impending changes to First Avenue between East 72nd and 96th Streets, which are slated to begin this month. The changes are aimed at improving safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, reducing left turn conflicts, shortening pedestrian crossing times and creating green pedestrian islands to enhance both the visual streetscape and safety. The flyer states: “In order to enhance safety and mobility, DOT will be making the following improvements on First Avenue between East 72nd and East 96th streets: • Install a parking-protected bicycle path • Install left-turn lanes at intersections, mitigating left-turn conflicts • Build concrete pedestrian refuge isands to shorten crossing distances and improve safety at 23 intersections.” Residents with concerns or questions are encouraged to contact Josh Orzeck at the

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and Design and Construction Commissioner David Burney joined Tuesday to cut ribbon on the recently renovated Central Park Precinct station house, the national and New York City landmark that since 1936 has served as base for New York City’s 22nd Precinct, which was redesignated “Central Park Precinct” in 1968. “With the opening today of the beautifully restored Central Park Precinct Station, we have updated a police station that dates back to 1936,” said Bloomberg. “The newly restored precinct gives officers in Central Park an expanded and modernized working environment and conserves many beautiful architectural elements that distinguish this 19th century building.” “The city’s oldest precinct is now wired for the latest computer and communications technology, with new phones and computers and better heating, ventilation and air

conditioning. It also has a new lobby and main desk, with additional space for officers to better serve the public,” Kelly said. “It brings a 19th century station house into the 21st century.” The two-story station features an updated and expanded new lobby with a partially bullet-proof glass atrium; improved staging, arrest processing and interview rooms, mechanical ventilation and central airconditioning. There is 2,300 more square feet of additional space than the previous station house provided. “The restored precinct’s lobby was originally a courtyard – but is now enclosed with a lightweight metal canopy and selfsupporting glass wall, which protects the space from the elements while maintaining its transparency,” said Commissioner Burney. Originally stables and sheds in 1871, the park complex was converted into a garage in 1915 and reconstructed and redesignated as a police station in 1936. Part of the complex underwent additional restoration in the 1950s after a fire damaged the structure. In 2002, uniformed and civilian personnel assigned to the Central Park Precinct relocated to a temporary building elsewhere on the site after deterioration, structural stress and roof leaks required a full renovation. The station house grounds make it the oldest Police Department building in the City.








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On Sunday, March 24, a 71-year-old woman reported to police that $16,000 went missing from her safe in her Third Ave. apartment. She reported to police that she was the only one with the combination, noting however, that her son frequents her apartment as well as two caregivers who help her around the house. The woman told police she last saw the money on March 24th at noon but didn’t realize it was missing until the next day at 11 p.m. Police say they are investigating the case.

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This customer at a trendy Madison Ave. store must’ve been in an awful hurry. The store’s clerk, a 27-year-old woman, reported to police that on Saturday, March 23, a man walked into the store and started to browse for clothing accessories. But, she said that a minute later the man grabbed a Chanel black bag with red leather trim out of a display case and just walked right out the front door without paying. The bag was valued at $3,900. The store had video surveillance but the footage was unavailable when police took the initial report. Police are looking for the man, described as about 30 years old, 5’8” and 160 pounds with dreadlocks.

Blonde Assault Last Sunday, Mar. 24, a 24-year-old man reported to police he was riding with an acquaintance in a yellow cab around 11:30


Just in time for the spring holidays, it seems that one city couple managed to find, or rather pilfer, some true religion. Last Saturday, March 23, a 39-year-old clerk at a Third Ave. clothing store reported to police that a True Religion leather jacket and a V-neck T-shirt were missing from a rack in the store. The clerk told police he saw store video showing a man and woman entering the store. He said the video then clearly shows the man rolling up the missing items and putting them under his own jacket. Both the man and woman then left the store and fled in an unknown direction. Police are looking for the couple, described by the clerk as a white man, wearing blue jeans and a pea coat, around 50 years-old; and a white woman wearing blue jeans, blue jacket and green shirt, about age 30.


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Save After-School Programs Leaders and students from Upper East Side afterschool programs rally to keep them o the budget chopping block By Joanna Fantozzi “Invest in us; we’ll rise to the top. Give us a little, we’ll grow a lot!â€? This was the rally cry of the 700 children and after-school advocates that attended the March 28th rally outside City Hall to save child care and afterschool programs. Dozens of after-school programs citywide, including Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center on East 93rd Street, brought representatives to the rally to protest the extreme proposed budget cuts. Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed fiscal plan in 2014 would cut $130 million from after-school programs and leave 47,000 children without


a place to go after the school day “I think what we want to look at is how kids are staying in school and how our and how these programs build the skills of our youth,� said Cathleen Fitzgibbons, of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, one of the sponsors of the rally, along with the Campaign for Children. “These programs are critical for their overall development, and for shaping them as they’re going through middle school and high school.� The rally was packed with hundreds of advocates, who brought signs and posters pronouncing their love for the after-school programs: “Help Keep After School Alive!� and “Do Not Close Child Care!� Matt Phifer, Director of Educational Services from the Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side, led the rally as MC. He brought to the stage numerous council members like District 6’s Gale Brewer, as well as District 8’s Melissa Mark-Viverito, who both touted the educational importance of these programs. Gale Brewer explained that every year for the past 12 years, the mayoral office has done this “budget dance� where they cut programs they know the City Council can restore. “The uncertainty is still scary,� said Council Member Brewer. Children from the after-school






programs showed off their extracurricular skills on stage - from double-dutch, to singers and traditional drummers, making for quite an exuberant scene. As for the kids in the crowd, many of the younger students said that they loved playing sports like dodgeball and rugby in their after-school programs. But the older teenagers conceded that the programs keep them off the streets and out of trouble. “Visibility was great. It was a perfect storm of different concerned parties,� said Phifer. “Hopefully we will be able to make some change.� Mayor Bloomberg has not yet responded to the pleas of families impacted by these budget proposals. “We’re working with the City Council to deliver an on-time, balanced budget that keeps the city’s fiscal house in order, while also protecting vital services,� said City Hall spokeswoman Lauren Passelacqua. The budget right now has not included any of the City Council’s one-year funds, which would cause hundreds of programs to have to shut their doors completely. In addition


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the $10 million proposed cut would slash after-school slots by 75 percent. This struggle is not new - just last year, similar budget cuts were proposed. But after several rallies last year, many of the funds were actually restored for one more year, according to Phifer. Emma Woods, a representative from the Campaign for Children, an organization that was started last year in response to the budget difficulties and one of the rally’s sponsors, said that the Mayor should just baseline the money for these programs in his budget, so that this fight would not have to happen year after year. “In the long term, the goal would be to no longer put these programs on the chopping block,� said Woods. “As the number of kids served goes down, poverty increases.� And there are other measurable benefits

too. A Wallace Foundation Evaluation of Out of School Time Programs in 2006 found that 56 percent of program participants felt that the programs really got them interested and involved in activities outside school. Plus 69 percent of participating students said that they made more friends in the program. Besides social skills, most of the students surveyed felt that their schoolwork improved. So what would happen to those benefits if budgets were slashed? For Stanley Isaacs Center, the Upper East Side organization at the rally, budget cuts would be devastating. They have four after school programs, and would basically have to chop one completely (P.S. 112), if the budget proposal passed. At P.S. 112, right now, they can only serve 80 kids, with a waitlist of dozens of students who want to participate in the program, said Jeanine Glazewski, the Director of Development at Stanley Isaacs, which oversees a low-income area. She also said that these programs decrease delinquency. One of their board members is Marianne Hedges, the woman who was hit in the head with a shopping cart thrown from the roof of a building over the summer. “These are just kids with nothing better to do we after school,� said Glazewski. “We would much rather have them doing homework, arts and sports.� Plus, she said, the after school programs allows parents to go to jobs or do job training/searches. Many of these parents, she said, cannot afford caretakers. So, if there were no after school programs, the parents would have to quit their jobs in order to provide an environment for their children. “Parents feel strongly about this, but it becomes more and more difficult,� said Glazewski.�People think ‘oh this again? Didn’t we fight this last year?’ When you have to go and argue for something that is creating longterm benefits of the city, you know there’s a problem.�



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Local Biz on Paid Sick Leave As the city council moves closer to a paid sick leave bill, Upper East Side businesses respond By Joanna Fantozzi


oon New York City workers may not have to worry that catching the flu will cost them their job. After three years of speculation and obstruction, an agreement on a paid sick leave bill, authored by District Six City Council Member Gale Brewer, was announced in the City Council last week. The new compromise bill would require businesses with 20 or more employees to provide their employees with at least five days of paid sick leave, starting in April 1st 2014. The bill will extend to businesses with

enforced one to a complaint-driven system. In addition, the fines were reduced by half. At first Speaker Christine Quinn did not approve of the union-backed bill and it floundered around the City Council for a long time. She had originally stated her approval of paid sick leave but said in a recent mayoral forum, where she was heavily criticized by fellow mayoral candidates, that “the current bill is flawed, and the city’s economy too weak to support it.” Now, in the bill’s final format, she agrees with its importance, especially in light of protecting workers’ rights. “Because of deliberate, thoughtful, and at times hard-nosed negotiations, we now have a piece of legislation that balances the interests of workers, small business owners, and local mom and pop proprietors across this City,” said Speaker Quinn in a statement. Although the bill was passed by the City office full of swine flu-infected kids. Their parents could not pick them up because they could not get sick leave. “I said to myself, ‘something’s wrong here,’” said Brewer. “Parents are really happy about this bill; workers are happy who hadn’t been able to take off a day. When you do a phone call in program, you get tons of people calling - either they have been fired, a single parent has been fired, you hear it all the time.” “Economically it has not been painful in other locales who have already done something like this, so I think its the right thing to do, and for some small businesses who are already doing this, its going to level the playing field,” said Upper East Side Council Member Jessica Lappin, who has put her name on the bill, and supported it since the beginning. We spoke with Upper East Side businesses

15 or more employees by the following year. Smaller businesses would not have to pay employees, but nor can their employees be fired for taking a sick day. “Today’s legislation granting paid sick days to working New Yorkers is big step forward for New York and the nation,” said Borough President Scott Stringer. “No longer will parents have to choose between caring for a sick child or losing their jobs, and that’s good for employers and employees alike.” Forty-four million Americans don’t get paid time off when sick, according to Family Values @ Work, a nonprofit organization that backs paid-leave laws. The bill has gone through many changes since it was first proposed. Namely, the bill is kinder to businesses - exempting the smallest businesses from punishment, as well as changing the policy from a stringently-


to see how the bill would affect local workers. For most of them, the bill would not affect their day-to-day operations, because paid sick leave is already an important part of the small business structure for many companies. “I haven’t heard of any place not giving paid sick days,” said Alex Tillirosi, the acting manager of Abbey Locksmiths on 2nd Avenue and East 81st Street. “We get sick days; I’ve never had a problem.” “That’s the first thing I tell my employees when I hire them,” said Hassan Salami, a manager at BB Prime Butcher on East 82nd and 2nd Ave, talking about the paid sick leave benefits. “Sometimes people in here work 12 hours a day, and they need the break. They need to take care of their health.” But Earl Geer, the owner of Hi-Life Lounge and Bar on East 78th Street and 2nd Avenue does not approve of such a bill.

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becomes the norm. Studying with chefs in other countries is a badge of honor, rather than a back-alley entrance to someone else’s party; the number of chefs who are riding the coattails of their stage period at Copenhagen’s Noma alone could fill the three-story Times Square Olive Garden several times over. What’s the difference? About 200 years of established practice is all that separates the two worlds; it’s about time we acknowledged that passion and respect are all it takes for a chef – any chef – to try to step into another cuisine. Whether he’s successful? That’s up to the diner. Thankfully for Seamus Mullen, he found his inspiration in Spain, a perfectly acceptable region for a young chef from New England to tour, fall in love with, and want to spend his career trying to recreate. It worked out for us, too, as Tertulia (; 359 6th Ave.), his take on the sidrerias of northern Spain, captures all of the right notes of those cheery public houses with food that is at times more essentially Spanish-tasting than what can be found there. Patatas bravas, for example, are usually dressed with a smoky red pimenton sauce and a bright, garlicky allioli; like so much pub food, the allure is in the condiments. But at Tertulia, the potatoes are coated in the paprika itself, building a crackly, spicy base of flavor atop which the allioli sings counterpoint, rather than carrying the show. Wine flows from taps and is served in wide-bottomed tumblers; there is, of course, Spanish cider from a barrel, which tastes more like a vin jaune than the sugar-sweet Woodchuck of your youth. Ragged red brick and Moorish tiles line the walls, and the back corner is dominated by a tiled chimney and grill, on which the magic happens. Without smoking out the room, that grill captures all of the earthy, wild flavors of the north Atlantic coast in dishes as diverse as grilled

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Wearable Art Impressionists, Fashion and Modernity at the Met By Marsha McCreadie


big show founded on a simple idea, “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity” is like taking a gander at the walkin closet of some very elegant people, only they’re expecting you. The dresses, also a few men’s frock coats, are there, as well as hats, corsets, even dressing table accoutrements of hairbrushes and hand mirrors. It’s not voyeuristic though, but showcases the colors and textures in various lights (sometimes in plein air) of fashion that inspired the great painters of the 19th Century in and around Paris. Just some are Renoir, Monet, Manet, the token Mary Cassatt, the surprisingly impactful Tissot. His paintings of white “day dresses” trimmed with yellow, on humans naturally, are exquisite. There’s a dress, too, in a glass case; museum folks call it a vitrine. It looks like the dresses worn by the women in the portraits, but it’s not. All curtsy now to Diana Vreeland, in many ways the show’s godmother, the first to raid the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute to fulfill her vision. This exhibit is a bit more reality-based, if just as crowd-pleasing. Some gallery rooms are organized around colors. Black. Manet was so good with black dresses, and his “Lady with Fans” of Nina de Callias so enticing, that her estranged husband asked that it not be shown. More white, a section for blue, all following

the stunning opener of the green and black/brown striped dress as modeled by Camille, Monet’s notquite-yet-wife (the artist-modelmistress pattern runs throughout). The focus is on the voluminous skirt which gleams--perhaps because Monet was clever enough to add a touch of white—and seems to practically move out of the frame. The paintings of ball gowns and evening dresses are charming, mirrored in a dusty rose number decorated with imitation rosebuds and leaves, under glass, from the “House of Worth,” the premiere design house of the time. A even closer tie-in is a greige gown with a cashmere paisley shawl, a near lookalike to the painting of “Madame Louis Joachim Gaudibert.” What was the attraction? Did the artists know they were “painting fashion”? New shapes must have appealed: the bustle for instance. Color of course. And the living mise-en-scene of urban life. People were out and about—in the streets, on the lawn. You might quarrel with the curators’ working definition of modernism as democratic, but not with “Paris Street; Rainy Day” with each figure using a standard umbrella, though in a fancy arrondissement. Some of the artists even responded to the new phenomenon of the department store, and ready-towear: in The Ball on Shipboard Tissot shows two women—mon Dieu!—wearing exactly the same dress. The exhibit of 79 artworks and 17 dresses, which should have been titled “Impressionists, Fashion and Modernity,” isn’t new; but the crowds haven’t thinned out. One reason might be art historical: the crowd-drawing Luncheon on

the Grass by Monet, with its two panels shown side-by-side for the first time. Perhaps less significant-fun if you can afford it--is that you can leave the show as a living museum piece yourself. One of those Metropolitain shops that seem to spring up like mushrooms in the spring is at the exit of the show, with knock-offs of the gloves, boaters, those wonderful paisley shawls, all pictured in the art. “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity” will be on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through May 27 in the Tisch Galleries, second floor of the main building. The Museum is open Tuesday through Thursday, and Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The museum is located on Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street.

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spate of auctions cluster around the annual AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers) Show, April 4-7 (aipad. com), and the New York Antiquarian Book Fair, April 11-14 (nyantiquarianbookfair. com), both at the Park Avenue Armory. The upcoming auction previews showcase rare works from a number of significant private collections. Check the websites for details, blogs and videos, related events, and to browse online catalogues.

Phillips ( The Photo sales begin here on the evening of April 2 and continue on April 3. Among the eclectic images assembled by Dr. Anthony Terrana, “The Curious Collector,” are Ansel Adams’s shot of “The Golden Gate Before the Bridge,” circa 1932, and a recent vivid color abstraction, Walead Beshty’s “Three Color Curl,” 2010, as well as a print of Robert Frank’s “Trolley, New Orleans,” 1955-56, printed later, which shows up at several other houses, too.

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Sotheby’s ( On the evening of April 5, another topnotch photograph collection, “The Modern Image,” offers 59 works collected by Dr. Paul Lloyd Scharf. Common threads among the wide range of photographs are consistently excellent print quality and focus on early and rare versions of images, as exemplified by an early state of Edward Weston’s “Two Shells” on matte-surface paper, signed and dated 1927. A sale of 240 lots on April 6 features Man Ray’s gorgeous solarized print of “Cala Lilies,” signed and dated 1931, which was treasured by former owner Andy Warhol. This sale also has a print of Frank’s “New Orleans Trolley.”

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Carlos Alberto Cruz calls his superb collection, which was exhibited at the International Center of Photography in 1985, “the deLIGHTED eye.” To be sold on the evening of April 4, it includes 71 vintage prints of modernist masterworks made in the first quarter of the 20th century, such as Alvin Langdon Coburn’s “vortograph” composition, “The Eagle,” 1917, and photograms by Lazlo Moholy-Nagy and Man Ray. On April 5, among over 200 photographs from various owners, is an exhibition print of “Trolley New Orleans” that was made by Robert Frank himself in 1961 for his show at the Museum of Modern Art. Turning to books, on April 9, the first of four planned sales of the Arthur & Charlotte Vershbow Collection of illuminated manuscripts, books and prints presents a broad range of highlights, with works from Schongauer to Chagall. Subsequent auctions explore periods in depth, beginning April 10 with productions from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Also on the afternoon of April 10, a 3-lot auction offers an extraordinary 7-page

Swann ( Bookending the Book Fair, a potpourri of Fine Books on the morning of April 11 is divided into three sections: Incunabula (the earliest printed books) from the Library of noted collector Kenneth Rapoport; a splendid selection of 16th – 19th century writing manuals; and “Miscellanea” including a first edition in book form of Audubon and Bachman’s “Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America.” On April 16, an extensive sale Printed & Manuscript Americana contains archives of correspondence from the American Revolution, the Civil War, early Mormonism; and a wild card: an immense archive of correspondence, photographs and memorabilia of unsavory 20th- century lawyer Roy Cohn. The auction concludes with the Theodore Roosevelt Collection of the late Peter Scanlan, whose lifelong TR obsession began in childhood. A broad range of Fine Photographs & Photobooks, some classic, some very experimental, will be offered on April 18.



Back of the Bus, Top of the Heap Michel Gondry’s latest ingenuity may be the best teen flick ever By Armond White At first Michel Gondry’s The We and the I is charming and then it’s scary. It starts with a delightfully, deliberately crude F/X of a boom box style city bus traversing the rough streets of The Bronx--a toy-like transformation that gets smashed into realism: An actual city bus opens its doors to rowdy New York kids coming home as high school ends. Despite their varied, awkward traits--jostling, joking, rushing, yelling--each could be the protagonist yet Gondry draws us to the back of the bus. And that’s the scary, great part. As any bus rider knows, the back is where the bullies sit--away from authority, gangedup, undisciplined and inevitably cruel. They huddle in masculine privilege and unchallenged toughness and Gondry doesn’t shy away from it; he gets close--Cassavetes close, Godard intimate. The We and the I indulges a frank, emotional, non-sociological look at the chaos of adolescence. Gondry is French but he doesn’t offer any of the guilty Liberal condescension that was so appalling in Laurent Cantet’s The Class about the children of non-white immigrants who are trapped in the boring Paris school system. Instead, Gondry’s cast of Black and Latino teens set their own terms of presentation. (The film is a collaboration with students from a Bronx community center.) They are as they unselfconsciously present themselves: natural naifs, punks, dreamers, lovers, clowns and all are amazingly trenchant, believable actors. Imagine the kids of George Washington electrified with urban impudence. Professional actors should be learning from this from now on. Credit Gondry’s openness to the kids’ humanity including a keen perception (possibly based on his own memories) of adolescence. They reveal that barely perceptible childhood shift between sadism and vulnerability: When a bully trashes a boy’s guitar, a girl gets ridiculed for wearing a wig and an indiscretion at a party, two friends berate each other’s insensitivity, the ache of real pain and confusion is palpable and unsettling--credible facts of life being learned. Gondry’s beautiful title conveys the tension of group identity and personal isolation, as in the closing tete a tete between Michael Brodie and Teresa Lynn. It’s the universal process of realizing oneself within


the experience of socializing--the reason why, emotionally, we never really get out of high school. As boys and girls, shy kids and show-offs mix together, Gondry moves from individuality (a boy drawing in a sketch pad), solipsism (another quietly reading a comic book) to friendship (two girls planning a house party, two gay boys flaunting their freedom, the obnoxious, fractious bullies). Fuctuating tempers, flirtations and anxieties (at least several kinds of each) provide an amazing, at-hand survey of human kind. Where Spike Lee’s 1997 Get on the Bus made political points by contriving an Everymen cast with predictable arguments, The We and the I avoids dramatic convention and predictability. This bus trip is a conceit taking youths from day to a dark night of the soul--recalling the revelations of Time of Your Life, The Iceman Cometh as much as The Breakfast Club yet none of those sober landmarks boasted such fresh, delirious vernacular. Luis Figeroa sighs, “I don’t know where the hell the day went wrong. “‘Gut feelings’ are gay” says the gay kid. Gondry dives into youthful unruliness and keeps up with it through improvisational ingenuity, occasionally featuring both theatrical and video cutaways--all hand-styled like his quaint, joyful, groundbreaking music videos. Much of the film’s excitement owes to its fresh exactitude about how feelings are translated through the media options available for youth’s attention and comprehension. Musical instruments, pens, artist’s pencils, cell phones and digital cameras become tactile means of the kids’ personal expression. Mobile devices are Gondry’s ruling metaphor: A boy’s pratfall at home caught on video and endlessly circulated runs throughout the film provides a leitmotiv about instant awkwardness and fame via technology. This isn’t Gondry being meta but he’s


aware of how kids’ view of the world (and themselves) is being shaped. As he proceeds, each story gets more personal and more poignant. Teen sass, sensitivity and vulgarity are lovingly observed here; and it’s not faddish as proved by Gondry’s music track featuring the still-charming, ever-enjoyable Young MC rap hits “Bust a Move” and “I Come Off ” from the 1990s.

Miraculously, The We and the I achieves the real-world poignance--the horror of high school--that Robert Mulligan sought in the fine but traditionally constructed Up the Down Staircase. Learning from Cassavetes, Godard, even Altman’s California Split, Gondry has made the liveliest, toughest teen movie since Jeff Kreines and Joel DeMott’s Seventeen and Joe Cornish‘s Attack the Block. Gondry’s combo verisimilitude and selfdramatization come from the inside (as in the slo-mo fascination with a girl riding a bicycle alongside the bus) like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Set at the end of spring semester---on the cusp of adulthood--The We and the I takes on the special hell that “school’s out” signifies for every student (as well as every New York straphanger). It’s not nostalgic about adolescence but reveals its complexity and that makes it deeper, sweeter--maybe the movie of the year.

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Granola Politics Turned Cornball Redford ďŹ lm misremembers 60s radicals

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en years ago, a documentary titled The Weather Underground opened at Film Forum and inadvertently exposed the follies of romanticizing the radical student movement of the 1960s. Now Robert Redford presents his own romantic version in The Company You Keep. It’s an old-timer’s look at the movement’s faults when an attempted Robin Hood-style bank robbery resulted in a bank guard’s death and the gang of radicals disappeared into the underground taking on new identities to hide out from the Man, er uh, the law, I mean, justice. Redford plays James Grant, a former radical who did not participate in the robbery-killing yet has been on the run ever since, wary of contact with his once-engaged peers--Susan Sarandon, Stephen Root, Nick Nolte, Richard Jenkins, Sam Elliott. This old-timer’s convocation shows that Redford expects 21st century viewers (possibly Occupy Wall Street zealots) to approve his tale of reminiscence and remorse. It might have worked if Occupiers cared about hasbeen actors or if Redford and screenwriter Lem Dobbs had come up with a compelling storyline. But since Grant is innocent, unlike those radicals in The Weather Underground doc who still justify their lawless, what’s the point? Redford’s film proposes a comity of radicals similar to his previous dismal anti-government/pro-radicals film The Conspirator. There’s no real moral struggle in The Company You Keep. Instead, the only tension is generational and professional: Redford once again takes shots at journalists, the trade he formerly valorized in Three Days of the Condor and All the President’s Men but recently upbraids as in the underrated Lions for Lambs and here.

Shia LaBeouf plays an aggressive reporter chasing Grant on the lam, aiding FBI agent Terence Howard III’s manhunt. With his ego-hip eyeglasses and obnoxious manner, LaBeouf stands-in for the current, selfish young generation, the audience for Grant’s sermons. Alternating their stories prolongs the film and covers up Redford and Dobbs’s ethical and historical evasions. Redford’s damnedest equivocation sentimentalizes 60s radicalism through Grant’s past romance with Mimi (Julie Christie), an unrepentant extremist who even now illegally smuggles “good honest weed.� It’s unpleasant to report that Redford and Christie, who are no longer their youthful selves, let their own vanity substitute for the thin characterizations; that means the attempt to make 60s politics appear glamorous depends on Redford and Christie’s faded glory. Sadly, the film emphasizes the stars’ wrinkles, wattles, pockmarks (and physical exhaustion whenever Redford runs). That Redford’s granola politics turn cornball is terrible but the exploitation of wizened countenances is hurtful. My guess is that this would not be a problem opposite Jane Fonda or Vanessa Redgrave who have kept their vigor but they probably wouldn’t consent to the film’s simple-minded view of radicalism--or maybe Christie is just frightfully directed. It is Redford whose mediocre Ordinary People began the actor-turned-director vogue that has led to the non-politics and non-aesthetics of Ben Affleck‘s Argo. The banal politics of The Company You Keep compares poorly to David Mamet’s recent Broadway examination of student radical motivations in The Anarchist. Redford nostalgically equates My Lai and Selma, Ala. even though they have no historical or political similarity. His fatuousness is summed up by a Bill Ayers-type former radical now privilege-ensconced college professor who introduces Frantz Fanon to his students yet mispronounces the name. Follow Armond White on Twitter at 3xchair


Camp and the “Not-So-Lost� Art of Letter Writing Kim Aycock, MST


ou might be surprised to discover that even in today’s frenzy of corresponding through text messages, e-mails, tweets, and other social media avenues, letter writing is still being used as a way for camps to communicate with parents. Many camps post a daily blog and upload photos for parents to view online so that they have a window into their child’s camp experience; however, these efforts represent only a small piece of the big picture. Many camps have staff write a letter (or similar correspondence) to each parent.

The BeneďŹ ts While times have certainly changed, and technology has added new options to the process of sending correspondence from staff to camper parents over the years, the benefits for using this form of communication remain worthwhile. First-time camper parents Lee and Joseph Cazayoux were thrilled to receive a letter from their nine-year-old daughter while she

was attending a one-week camp in North Carolina. It read, “It is the first day. It is going well. I love camp. After this we are going to Splash. That is when you get to play in the lake.� There was no “Dear Mom and Dad� or “Love, Sarah,� but it was priceless nonetheless. To the Cazayoux’s and other camp parents, receiving a note from the counselor helps provide specific details that are often missing from the camper. Christine Peterson, assistant director

of Cape Cod Sea Camps, shares that they have been doing camper reports since the beginning in 1922. She feels that “it is important to inform parents about campers’ progress and their accomplishments.� Peterson continues, “Some campers don’t share what happens in their ‘camp life’ because they like to keep it separate. They may pass along tidbits here and there, but I feel that it is important for the camp to share information about activities tried, friendships formed, and challenges tackled. It is so vital to provide feedback so that we can help campers recognize what they’ve learned and keep an open line of communication with parents.� Emily Riedel, executive director of TIC Day Camps, finds that “parent reports are a wonderful opportunity for families and staff. It is great PR for families (if done right) and a glimpse of what kids learned while at camp. It gives staff writing practice for their school and professional lives, and it forces them to get to know campers individually so they can cite specific examples and concepts learned.�

Writing Skills First drafts often lack the basics of spelling and grammar as a result of the habits many staff have formed from using “shorthand� to text and e-mail, and correcting these things can also add to time spent on the editing process. Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Camp Alleghany assistant director, stresses to her staff that “we have a reputation to uphold, and we do not want sloppy, misspelled, or grammatically incorrect literature going out to the parents.� Some camps have moved away from the handwritten letter to parents and are having staff use a computer as a way to reduce the time needed for rewrites and streamline the process. Letters can be typed and saved on a flash drive or to a central location for editing. oAuthor Heather L. Montgomery (2012) states, “One of the most challenging things about writing is getting the details down. Believe it or not, this is usually not because we are not writing well enough, but because we are not observing carefully enough.� Originally printed in Camping Magazine, excerpted and reprinted by permission of the American Camp Association Š 2013 American Camping Association, Inc.

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Ethics in Film New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th St.,, 7 p.m., $5. Ever interested in doing more than just watching a film? If so, Ethics in Film is the program for you. Head over to the New York Society for Ethical Culture for a special viewing/group discussion of the film Round Midnight, the drama of how one of the jazz greats meets a necessary friend on the road to self-destruction.

It is never too late to give to a worthy cause. The Catholic Fellowship of NYC is proud to present a French & Karaoke Night / Sandy Hook Fundraiser. Anyone in the mood to have a great time for an even better cause should hit up this authentic French bistro. Free appetizers and great food and drink deals are just the icing on this very delectable cake.

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The New School, 66 West 12th St.,, 9 a.m., $20-$150. “What do you want to do in life?” is not an easy question to answer, but NY Creative Interns wants to help you figure it out. Find & Follow Your Passion is a great way for anyone, especially upcoming and recent graduates, to figure out where their passions lie and how to follow them by listening and engaging with speakers from different professions and fellow hopefuls like themselves.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave.,, 4 p.m., $29.50 to $40.50. Watson Adventures is embarking on a murder mystery scavenger hunt unlike any other and needs the help of children 10+! Help the police find the killer with the clues. Things to remember: dress comfortably, one child and one adult team minimum, 6 people team maximum.

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Theatre 80 St. Marks, 80 St. Marks Pl., taketwofilmfestival. com, 212-388-0388, 1 p.m., $9-$12. The Take Two Film Festival is finally ready to commence after a Hurricane Sandy induced postponement. This three day festival will take place in the East Village and with 56 independent films coming from 14 different countries there promises to be a film for everybody.

Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th St.,, 11 a.m., free-$75. Can one really put a price on art? Unfortunately, the answer is most always yes. The Affordable Art Fair is a great way to take beautiful art pieces home without having to actually sell your home. Over 84 galleries will be showcased at this spring event so if nothing else you will leave having seen many fascinating and diverse works of art.

New York Rangers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs ◄FREE: Ainsworth Park, 111 E.18th St.,, 7 p.m.

Skating with the Stars Gala

With the NHL season coming to a close, don’t miss some of the last chances to watch your favorites take to the ice. Head on down to Ainsworth Park, and chose from one of their 65 TVs, to watch the Rangers take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. Go Rangers!

Trump Rink in Central Park, 59th St & 6th Avenue, figureskatinginharlem. org, 5:30 p.m., $325. It’s that time of year again for Figure Skating in Harlem’s annual benefit Skating with the Stars! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to skate with Olympians, celebrities, and corporate leaders; all gathered to help the young girls of Harlem with a passion for skating. Past guests have included Kelly Ripa, Dorothy Hamill and Diana Ross.

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Three of Cups Lounge, 83 1st Avenue,, 8:30 p.m. Come on down to the Lounge for a night of big laughs. The editors of Whim Quarterly, a humor magazine, present to you a comedy/variety show that stems from some of the greatest comedians and comic writers in the biz. Seriously, they know their stuff.

New York City Center Stage II, 131 W.55th St.,, 7:30 p.m., $60-$75.

The Coffin Factory, a magazine that serves as the joining link between readers and writers, is excited to release their fifth issue and wants you to be a part of it. Head on down to Housing Works for the official launch party! Bonus: There will be plenty of beer to go around and the earnings will go towards fighting AIDS and homelessness.


Everyone has a breaking point, and Women’s Project Theater’s COLLAPSE by Allison Moore is the perfect portrayal of how that point can be reached. Meet Hannah, a woman with a worried husband, perhaps too-spirited sister, and a plant with drunken tendencies. Come see how she, who appears to kind of have it all together, travels on a journey to the edge (and possibly over).

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American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St.,, April 9th, 6:30 p.m., $13.50-$15.

In preparation of its Theodore Roosevelt Memorial being re-opened, the American Museum of Natural History is presenting Conservation, Wilderness, and the American Dream. This lecture places emphasis on Roosevelt’s strong held belief that natural surroundings have strong ties to natural rights. The host, NBC News’ Tom Brokaw, will delve into the specifics with participants Douglas Brinkley, Lisa Graumlich, Michael Novacek, and Rick Ridgeway.


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Fabulous Fruits Collage Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd St.,, 1 p.m., free-$11. If your child doesn’t understand why a packet of Skittles doesn’t fulfill their fruit quota for the day, EatSleepPlay Tots has the perfect solution. Children ages four and under are all welcome to partake in the Fabulous Fruits Collage class that allows children to simultaneously make a beautiful and color filled collage while learning how fruits can help make their bodies strong.


Photography and the American Civil War

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, 79th St. and West Drive in Central Park,, 12 p.m., $7-$10. City Parks Foundation is proud to present their fresh take on the old classic “Pippi Longstocking”. “Pippi” is a visual marvel that maintains that old spirit and drive that Pippi Longstocking conveys and takes pride in. This show is perfect for the whole family!

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue,, 9:30 a.m., free-$25. This exhibit, which is filled with hundreds of emotional photographs of the American Civil War, captures much more than an image. The conflict, the heartache, the struggle, the pride and much more are portrayed with a realness that one may not be used to seeing.


A Skater and a Scholar Local teen Christie Corn is a champion on the ice and in the classroom By Joanna Fantozzi


hristie Corn, 17, is not only an award-winning figure skater but she is also an honors athlete. The Upper East Side teen recently became one of only 10 skaters nationwide to make the U.S. Figure Skating Scholastic Honors team. The team not only recognizes athletic prowess, but all ten members were on honor roll, in an honor’s society or had a GPA of 3.7 or better. Christie has been ice-skating since she was six years old. Her long list of athletic accomplishments include placing silver in the 2009 North Atlantic Regional Championships Ladies’ competition, and since then becoming a regional finalist every year. She also is a member of the Skating Club of New York and has coproduced two charity skating shows to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of America. “I was very excited, I know it was very competitive, it’s only 10 people,” Christie said. “I had applied really early in early September, and then when I got the email I was shocked and surprised. I love the actual skating portion of the sport. If I call someone a beautiful skater,

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it’s because their gliding is beautiful, not necessarily just the jumps.” Christie thinks her strengths lie in what she calls the “poetic part” of skating, as opposed to the technical jumps and triple axels. In fact, Christie’s essay, as part of her application to the team, compared T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” to the ice skating phenomenon known as circling. “It’s when you set up a jump and don’t go through with it over and over again, and instead have to circle back,” said Christie. “I was a big circler, which didn’t help with the progress of my jumps. In the end, I’ve mostly stopped circling.” As part of the U.S. Figure Skating Scholastic Honors Team, Christie received a profile in Skating Magazine, a $2,500 scholarship and a $1,000 donation to the charity of her choice. Christie chose the Boys and Girls Club because of her previous charity work with the organization. Balancing schoolwork and skating is surprisingly easier than most people would guess, said Christie. She has arranged her high school schedule at Riverdale Country School so that she can leave school early to go to practice in New Jersey., and often does homework on the car ride there. “Skating didn’t hinder school, it helped me,” said Christie.” Having a routine made me efficient in my schoolwork. I love skating, but the best thing was it gave me a routine and made me have to work harder.”

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Glittery Finds at Shoe-Lover Haven Our deal-savvy shopper scours DSW for the best and most unique foot fashions By Laura Shanahan ow would you like to walk all over Jessica Simpson – I mean, literally, walk all over the name Jessica Simpson? All you need do is purchase a pair of the singer/ designer’s, (hmmm, what is her primary occupation now?), glittery sandals that have her name repeatedly imprinted in a flowing script on the bottom of their soles and – voila – deed done. These are flat, faux-leather, stylized thong-sandals – instead of the dual parts of the thong forming the traditional V-shape as they head between the toes, one part asymmetrically crosses over the other. The thong also doesn’t embed into the sole toward the back, but rather slings around the heel. And last but not least, rather than the usual rubber or plastic, the comfortably wide thong is fashioned of soft white fabric completely bedazzled with sparkling-clear bugle and seed beads. Not showy enough for you? There’s also a bronze-goddess version. Much glamour, as my friend Gino would say. You may pay $69 for these elsewhere, but we are not


elsewhere – we are at DSW, the three-level discount designer-shoe emporium, where you can snag the sandals for just $49.95. Last month we explored Fox’s, the brand-new women’s off-price designer label shop, which took over the site of the late, great Filene’s Basement/SYMS Tailored & Tux at the southeast corner of Broadway and 80th – and while we noted it when DSW debuted this past summer at the former establishment’s northeast corner of Broadway and 79th (only Zales sits between), I thought it timely to check in again on the other half of these “bookending” stores, now that they are indeed – finally! – in place. Works out kinda neat – you can fashion up at Fox’s and then get your kicks at DSW. But do note: Fox’s also has shoes on its upper level (the ballet flasts are adorable); but space constraints make it impossible for it have as many options as DSW – not to mention that DSW also has men’s footwear, plus related accessories for both genders. (If you’re in Midtown, there’s a behemoth of a DSW on 34th, ’twixt Seventh and Eighth: You can’t miss it; it practically has its own zip code.) But back to where we began, when you, I and today’s column was still young: If you want to bring sexy back this spring with a sizzling four-inch heel, check out Lulu Townsend’s peep-toe, ankle-strap number completely covered in sparkle-plenty silver lame ($54.95, “compare at $79”). Men – please descend to the lower level where you are offered such buys as Steve Madden classic leather saddle shoes in a sophisticated color combo of stone gray and taupe.

The slightly squared toe is gently tapered for an updated twist, while white overstitching on the outsole sports things up; $79.95, “compare at $110.” Guys who need a wide width, you’re in luck if you’re in the market for a Skechers Sport Stamina sneak – great for running or just running around, it’s well-cushioned with inserts of real and faux leather plus breathable mesh; in charcoal, black and white, it’s tagged at $49.95, DSW “compare at $55.” ■ 40 E 14th St Also sprinkled ■ 213 W 34th St throughout the ■ 110 E 87th St store are such WWW.DSW.COM accessories as socks, umbrellas, messenger bags, wallets and much more. A nifty find on the first floor: Michael by Michael Kors iPad cases in cushy neoprene, with an attached “MSRP” tag of $48 (pay just $24.95). Try not to browse when you’re hungry (as I just did): Color choices include the most luscious lime and tangiest tangerine you’ve ever licked, er, I mean, seen.


Jealousy: The Green Eyed Monster The trend of tuning into our primal instincts can help explain some modern emotions By Kristine Keller


ew York City is chock-a-block with evanescent fads. While quinoa is the reining queen of menus from Canal Street to Meatpacking, it could be replaced tomorrow by another obscure South American grain-like substance. And though trampoline jumping was dominating gyms a few months ago, now classes like “Animal Flow” at Equinox gyms are devoted to unearthing our inner primal animals. And to match the current workout craze devoted to our primal past, dinner menus and cookbooks have caught wind of the trend and have implored us to eat like a Paleolithic caveman. So while we’re on a current primal-instinct binge we might as well embrace the fact that several of our emotions are derived from our ancestral past too. And like hunting and gathering wild animals, some of these emotions are dangerous, ugly, and at times unpalatable. Romantic jealousy in particular is a phenomenon that that can be observed anywhere in a city where competitiveness is virtually carved into the sidewalks. If it’s true as Darwin ascertained, that advantageous traits are passed on to generations because



they contain evolutionary value, then jealousy as it’s seen today should serve some purpose. Evolutionary psychologists maintain that there are two types of jealousy: emotional and sexual. Psychological research demonstrates that while women are more inclined to feel jealous and betrayed when their significant other flirts emotionally with another, men are more prone to jealous outbursts at the threat of a sexual affair. The fact that jealousy might be different for both genders has been attributed to the differing evolutionary pressures faced in our ancestral past. Evolutionary theorists argue that back then, in order to prolong one’s genetic line, men had to shack up with as many ladies as possible in order to maximize their chances at producing offspring. Conversely, women were most concerned with a partner who could invest time, energy, and resources in their offspring. This might be one reason today that some women are more attracted to successful and powerful men—people who possess the “provider” quality for their children. So, while men inherited the desire for spreading their seed, they also inherited the unwanted consequence of possibly fathering several children from different women. And if a man is going to invest all he’s got in his children, he wants to be sure as hell that they belong to him. Paternity uncertainty is the prime reason attributed to the evolution of sexual jealousy—and might also be one reason a guy goes off the rails when he thinks you’ve crossed a physical boundary with your cheetah-teaching fitness instructor. And while paternity uncertainty isn’t something people are consciously

concerned about, it may be a subconscious thought left over from a time when our ancestors had to worry about it most. Raising another’s child is the kiss of death to one’s genetic line and research has actually demonstrated that nearly two percent of men in the United States today are unknowingly raising another man’s child. But while men are concerned about physical swindles, evolutionary theorists argue that women’s jealousy stems from emotional cheating. In line with the aforementioned theories, women are attracted to men who can provide for their children and provide a consistent foundation for a stable upbringing. A man who cheats emotionally with another might neglect in his commitment duties for his child and possibly put the child’s successful upbringing at risk. This is why studies maintain that women are more likely to forgive and forget a sexual affair before they would an emotional affair. You might have been fine with your boyfriend eyeing the waitress at lunch, but both feet were out the door the second he put those looks into words and started sexting her under the table. While paleo-fad diets and ancient animalistic high-jumps might be beneficial to our health, jealousy can take its toll. Darwin might have his reasons for why you experience jealous rage, but if you can help it, check yourself before you wreck yourself. Channel your energy into examining why you’re jealous and assessing what you can do to combat the green-eyed monster. Maybe then you can improve your strength, resilience, and health without ever even signing up for an “Animal Flow” class.



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The World of Jenks is Close to Home Filmmaker Andrew Jenks on his documentary series that is transforming MTV By Angela Barbuti


ndrew Jenks is changing the world. In a recent episode of his MTV documentary series World of Jenks, he paraphrases a famous quote when he says, “Never believe a small group of people can’t change the world, because that’s the only people that ever have.” For one year, Jenks, 27, travels with three young adults who are facing incredible challenges— and documents it all on film. In order to truly empathize with them, he lives with each person, accompanying them on their daily routines. He travels to San Francisco to meet Kaylin, who has already had two bouts with cancer at the age of 24. Another stop is upstate New York to find Chad, 21, who is living with autism. A visit is also made to Oakland, where Jenks cohabits with D-Real, also 21, who is grappling with the violence that is prevalent in his city. Jenks begins the journey with each of the three with just a video camera and an open heart, and ends the season having made three lifelong friendships. Since Jenks has his friend do the filming, we actually see him on camera interacting with his subjects— sharing laughter and tears, and learning from their hardships. In March, just before his show started its second season on MTV, he released a memoir entitled Andrew Jenks: My Adventures As a Young Filmmaker. So what does this Chelsea resident miss most when he’s on the road? “Well, you can’t beat a Mamoun’s falafel. I definitely miss Ray’s Pizza. And I always miss¬—not too sound too cheesy—my friends and family,” he admits.

This show came about because MTV reached out to you, right? Yes. At first I was hesitant because I wasn’t sure if I would fit at MTV in terms of, I don’t go tanning and I’m not pregnant. The fact that they gave me this opportunity to tell stories that would normally never get exposure on television has made me endlessly grateful to the folks over there.

they’re willing to. They‘re going through extraordinarily tough times, if not tougher, than when I was first with them. The thing about the show is that I love these people. When we stop filming, it becomes a really strong friendship.

and there was a guy who pulled out a gun and started shooting a bunch of people. They’re all safe. He’s had another kid since we started filming. None of these are fairy tale endings, I wish they were, but it grounds the show in reality.

How is Kaylin feeling?

What do you think of reality TV?

Kaylin’s cancer returned again. She’s currently going through intense chemo. They found a tumor the size of a laptop in her chest. She was in Bellevue, and it was disheartening to see how they were treating her. I worked really hard with people on my film crew to get her into Sloan-Kettering, which I believe is one of the best hospitals in the country for her particular cancer, Ewing’s Sarcoma.

I’m not a big fan of most reality TV. I don’t know them personally, but I feel like the Kardashians represent some of the more negative parts of our generation. I do think there’s some wonderful programming—like what Morgan Spurlock does. But I think it’s unfortunate that the Kardashians are all over the airways.

How is Chad? Once they graduate, one of the toughest things for young people is trying to find a job. That’s something we really get into in the show. He’s currently having a tough time finding his place in the world. But luckily he has unbelievable parents.

People are responding to the show on Twitter, and thanking you for raising awareness of autism. When I was young, we lived in Nepal and Belgium. I think what got me into filming was we’d always be in these countries where no one spoke English, so my best friend, by default, became this big, bulky VHS camera. I would literally just sit there for 45 minutes filming a tree in the backyard and narrating what the tree was like. It was a weird obsession. And because my dad worked for the UN and my mom’s a nurse practitioner in a very poor area, when we sat down to the dinner table, a lot of times the conversation would be my dad talking about a genocide in Africa and my mom talking about an immigrant who couldn’t afford proper health care. I’m happy because I feel like that helped me learn more about what was going on.

We’ve had screenings with Autism Speaks and organizations that provide support for young adults with cancer. Screening our show to those people and getting responses on social media from people who have brothers, sisters, or family¬—or are themselves autistic¬—has been far and away the most gratifying thing.

How is D-Real doing in Oakland? He said watching the show helped remind him what he’s trying to do in Oakland because it’s easy to lose focus. Recently, his girlfriend was on a bus with their daughter

The film festival you started at your high school has branched out into an All-American Film Festival this year in New York City. When I was 16, I started a high school film festival at my local public school, which wasn’t a wealthy school by any stretch of the imagination. We started it for myself and some buddies to play our short films in the auditorium. It somehow grew and we had James Earl Jones speak the following year, which was unbelievable. Since then it became one of the biggest high school film festivals in the country. This year, we teamed up with the Mayor’s office and are doing the first annual All American High School Film Festival October 4- 6th. It’s a chance for young filmmakers all over the country to network and see their films on the big screen. Watch World of Jenks Monday nights at 11 p.m. on MTV To learn more about the All-American High School Film Festival, visit

You went to NYU and majored in Film and TV. I ended up moving into an old folks home for another [documentary] project, so I didn’t end up graduating. I was quite the outcast at NYU, so I really had—not to be self pitying¬—no friends, and was very lonely and depressed. I felt kind of trapped there, like I couldn’t go and work on projects that I really cared about. I said it before and it’s not something that I’m scared of saying, but it just really wasn’t for me.

Your dad works for the United Nations, so you moved around a lot as a kid. That’s how you began your How are your three subjects doing now that the filming is over? career behind the camera. I try to talk to them as much as THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2013



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