The Projectionist

This Used to be New York

World Premiere

Greece, USA | 81 MINUTES

THE PROJECTIONIST

New York, Documentary
For much of the last half century, Cyprus-born theater operator Nick Nicolaou has lived and breathed the world of New York City cinema. Starting with the Times Square’ adult film houses of the 1970’s and moving through decades of forced change at the hands of city regulation, chain takeovers, and vast cultural shifts, Nicolaou now exists as one of the last truly independent theater owners left standing, as he works to keep his low-cost theaters alive in an industry aiming to push them out.

Returning to the city for his first New York-set documentary in nearly a decade, Abel Ferrara traces both the story of Nicolaou’s life and the changing city that it reflects, from the cleansing of Times Square to the fight for survival of the outer boroughs’ few remaining neighborhood theaters. The result is a charmingly off-the-cuff odyssey through the history of film exhibition, New York, and the long-standing intersection of the two.

—Cameron Sinz

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Abel Ferrara

Born in the Bronx in 1951, Ferrara started making Super-8 films as a teenager. In the mid-70s, he moved downtown to make Driller Killer, Ms. 45, and later, Bad Lieutenant and The Addiction, among others. He recently wrapped Tommaso with Willem Dafoe and is working on his new film, Siberia.
Director
Abel Ferrara
Producer
Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Michael M. Bilandic, Joshua Blum, Katie Stern, Michael Weber
Cinematographer
Ken Kelsch
Editor
Fabio Nunziata
Composer
Joe Delia
Cast
Nicolas Nicolaou, Abel Ferrara

CONTACTS

Press Contact
Dixon Knox
Cinetic Marketing
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212 204 7979
dixon@cineticmedia.com
Print Source
Michael M. Bilandic
New York, 10012 NY
Phone: 917 370 7599
mbilandic@gmail.com
International Sales Contact
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