Sat., March 9, Doors Open 6:45pm - Film: 7:30pm
Dmitri Kasterine began taking pictures in Newburgh in 1996. It wasn't the city’s reputation that drew him, but the beauty of the people and its abandoned buildings. This beauty held him and he returned regularly with his camera for 22 years. Dmitri’s book Newburgh: Portrait of a City was published in September 2012 and an exhibition was mounted on the wall of the Ritz Theater that same year.
Soon afterward Dmitri began filming a documentary apprenticing young people from the city as assistant producers. Incorporating his original portraits and a commentary of what drew him to Newburgh, he has given a voice to those who live perilously, often in uninhabitable houses, in a city where education has faltered and employment is scarce. A collection of interviews together with glimpses of life and houses in ruins run through Newburgh: Beauty and Tragedy. We hear what is actually happening to the fabric and people of Newburgh as they face another crisis: a determined program of gentrification.
A free screening of Newburgh: Beauty and Tragedy will be presented by Movies that Matters Beacon at First Presbyterian Church, McKinley Hall, 50 Liberty St, Beacon.
Discussion with director Dmitri Kasterine after screening.