Interest in my award winning New York bookseller documentary, 'BookWars' picks up again - now streaming on new platforms
Interest is picking up again in my first feature documentary, 'BookWars' ('Terrific' - LA Times * 'Superb' - New York Film Critics Circle) as it becomes of 'vintage' / classic age at nearly a quarter of a century old!
When the bookseller documentary 'BookWars' was first released, it had a successful festival and theatrical art house run. It garnered positive reviews, with the LA Times calling it 'Terrific' and the New York Film Critics Circle labeling it as 'Superb'. However, despite its early success, the film had a complex relationship with the US audience.
Unlike in Europe, Japan, and other parts of the world where it was broadcast internationally, the US had a somewhat schizoid connection with 'BookWars'. Perhaps it was the raw portrayal of New York City and its underground book scene that made some people uncomfortable or uncertain about embracing the film.
However, things have changed over time. The Museum of Modern Art in New York recognized the cultural significance of 'BookWars' and added it to their Circulating Films Collection. This recognition not only validates the artistic merit of the film but also brings it to a wider audience.
The latest development (*here in September, 2023) is that 'BookWars' is now available for streaming at libraries across the United States through Kanopy.com. This means that anyone with a library card can access and watch this slice of New York City history that would have otherwise been lost in the annals of time.
'BookWars' captures a bygone era of the city, a time when bookstores were more than just commercial spaces. They were cultural hubs, where passionate readers and collectors gathered to share their love for literature. The film documents the lives of the street booksellers who made a living selling used and rare books on the sidewalks of New York City.
Watching 'BookWars' today is like stepping into a time machine. It allows us to witness the grittiness and vibrancy of the city in the 1990s, a New York that has vastly transformed over the years. It offers a glimpse into the lives of these unconventional entrepreneurs, their struggles, and their unwavering passion for books.
If you are a fan of documentaries, independent cinema, or simply have an interest in the rich history of New York City, be sure to watch (or re-watch) 'BookWars'. Experience the nostalgia, the energy, and the unique essence of New York City that this film captures!