WORLD PREMIERE! “MODERN RUIN: A WORLD’S FAIR PAVILION”
Queens, NY (March 16, 2015) - AquaRela Pictures, is excited to announce the release of the much anticipated documentary Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion, which will premiere at the Queens Theatre In the Park of Friday, May 22nd, 2015.
Modern Ruin tells the story of Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion during the glory days of the fair, and chronicles its demise over the past 50 years. The film details its post-fair use as a 60s concert venue and 70s roller rink, including the years of neglect as well as the recent advocacy efforts to save and repurpose the structure.
Mainspring Pictures Ltd Presents, an Aquarela Pictures Production, in association with People for the Pavilion “Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion”. Written, directed, and edited by Matthew Silva. Executive producers, Jake Gorst and Tracey Rennie Gorst.
Queens Theatre (QT) is the premier performing arts venue in Queens. QT’s mission is to provide quality and diverse performing arts activities that are economically and geographically accessible to the 2.2 million residents of Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the nation, and the surrounding metropolitan region. To foster greater cultural awareness and appreciation, the Theatre presents and produces programs that reflect this diversity and features international, national and local artists.
Good news. I just launch a new and improved website at www.aquarelapictures.com and on there you will find a new trailer for the documentary. I can not thank you all enough for the support you have already given to the film. I am working hard editing it, and with your continued support I am sure I will reach my goal and beyond. Please continue to share this project with your friends and follow the progress here and on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/pages/People-For-the-Pavilion/631159810259726
If you havent seen it on Facbook yet, here is a video update from the project. A short excerpt from my recent interview with Joe Tirella. I will be posting more excerpts in the coming days and weeks.
I have a bunch of interviews lined up for the month of July including architect Robert Stern (who just designed the Bush Library) and architecture critic Paul Goldberger. Im very excited to be conducting these interviews and to share what they have to say.
In other news, donations a slowly creeping in as I am closing in on 50% funded. Keep spreading the word and stay tuned for more updates.
Why care so much about this building?
Because it is important for our society to keep certain things that link us to our past. It's the same reason why anyone keeps anything. We all have momentos that hold deep importance to us as individuals because they symbolize something greater than what they are themselves. And in some cases we keep things not only because of what they were, but for what they could one day be. Today, many people are drawn to this building for what it represents as part of their own personal history and the memories of family and friends. For many who never attended the fair, the building holds mystery, intrigue and great potential to be something spectacular. In telling the story of the New York State Pavilion, there is no definite ending.
The building's history is so much more than just the World's Fair. The history of this building is about some extraordinary moments in people's lives. It is a story woven into the history of the city, and one that few people even know about. This film will document how the New York State Pavilion came to be one of the most iconic structures from the Fair. It will reveal the details of how it functioned during the Fair and how it became a symbol of queens. It will tell the story of the young man who found himself in the Tent of Tomorrow photographing Led Zeppelin in 1969, and the newlywed couple from Cleveland who operated the same space as a roller rink during the 1970's, as well as those who have fought to save the neglected hulk.
This whimsically futuristic souring structure, constructed for the 1964/65 fair, has been left abandoned for the greater part of 50 years. It would be a shame if its story ended in demolition. The dreamers see beyond the cracks, rust, and neglect to a thriving community space that will serve New Yorkers for generations.
I have been working hard the past few weeks and have put together another little clip to show a little bit of what I have been up to. This bit will introduce you to some of the folks who have been actively "restoring dignity" to the NYS Pavilion.
Update. This past weekend was a busy one with several interviews and locations shoots conducted. On Friday I went to the top floor Chrysler Building to interview Frankie Campione of Create Architecture and Alan Ritchie. Frankie designed a concept a few years ago to turn the Pavilion into an Air and Space museum, but due to a variety of circumstances, it never got off the drawing boards. Mr. Ritchie was Philip Johnson's architectural partner during the last few year of his life and now runs the late architects firm. The interviews went really well and I'm looking forward to pushing out another little teaser soon with bits of their interview.
On Saturday I met up with some of the folks that paint the stripes on the lower level of the NYSP. I got some great shots and interviews that are sure to be inspiring. If you want to help there effort, or know someone who does, support their great work at http://www.gofundme.com/1se3vg
The parks dept. do not fund their painting effort. They purchase the paint with the money they get from GoFundMe donations and from their own pockets. They are some fine people.
Still a long way from our goal but were making some progress. Yesterday I was contacted by Dwell magazine and it looks like they're going to do a small write-up on their website about our project. We'll see where it goes! I'll post it when it comes through. Keep spreading the word!
Thanks all for donating. At this point I will definitely be going to Phoenix this summer to interview Charles Aybar.
For those of you who don't know, Charles worked at the NYS Pavilion back in the early 70's when the Tent of Tomorrow was converted into a roller skating rink. He has been an advocate for the building ever since.
Tomorrow I am interviewing the current "Gate keeper" of the pavilion. I'll post some pictures and clips in the coming days.
There is still a long way to go... Be sure to pass the project along!
Just got off the phone with a gentleman who helped make the NYS Pavilions terrazzo map of NY State. His family has been in the terrazzo floor business for 5 generations. Did the floors in Grand Central Station too. Interview to come...
I want to thank all the folks who have generously supported my film effort. This film is in the final stage of post production but I still need your help. Its not too late to support this project and help me present it to a wider audience. Visit www.aquarelapictures.com for continued updates and follow the project on social media.
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