In the late 80s and early 90s, the streets of downtown Manhattan were the site of a collision between two vibrant subcultures: skateboarding and hip hop. Narrated by Zoo York co-founder Eli Gesner with an original score by legendary hip-hop producer Large Professor (Nas, A Tribe Called Quest), All the Streets Are Silent brings to life the magic of the time period and the convergence that created a style and visual language that would have an outsized and enduring cultural effect. From the DJ booths and dance floors of the Mars nightclub to the founding of brands like Supreme, this convergence would lay the foundation for modern street style. Paris Is Burning meets Larry Clark’s KIDS, All the Streets Are Silent is a love letter to New York—examining race, society, fashion, and street culture. Featuring never-before-seen archival footage from the era and interviews with celebrated characters from both worlds and figures from the downtown scene including Rosario Dawson, Harold Hunter, Justin Pierce, Keith Hufnagel, Darryl McDaniels (Run-D.M.C.), Jefferson Pang, Bobbito Garcia, Stretch Armstrong, Kool Keith, Leo Fitzpatrick, Mike Hernandez, DJ Clark Kent, Kid Capri, Mike Carroll, Moby, Fab 5 Freddy, Peter Bici, Yuki Watanabe, Clayton Patterson, Beatrice Domond, Tyshawn Jones, and more.
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As a teenager growing up in Montreal, Jeremy Elkin's passions were skateboarding, hip-hop, and filmmaking. He shot and directed numerous skate films in the 2000s before moving to New York, where he ran digital video at Vanity Fair magazine. In 2018, he shot and directed the French artist JR's Brooklyn Museum short film, The Chronicles of New York. Elkin has combined his passions into his feature length documentary debut, All the Streets Are Silent.