New York Magazine‘s sixth annual “Reasons to Love New York” issue came out right in the middle of the holiday rush, so we haven’t had a chance to post until now. They said, “Six years into anatomizing our love for the city, there is still no shortage of things to feel good about in this town.” We agree with them, of course. Russ & Daughters is about 100 years into anatomizing our love for the city, and we are still thrilled to see things like this entry in the magazine’s list: “30-38. Because the Best Young Filmmakers Wouldn’t Shoot Anywhere Else.“
Amid a mix of some of our favorite young filmmakers (Lena Dunham! Josh and Benny Safdie! Ry Russo-Young! Henry Joost! Ariel Schulman! Jody Lee Lipes! Antonio Campos!), there is this gem, from Daryl Wein:
NEIGHBORHOOD: West Village but “possibly moving to Fort Greene”
BEST THING ABOUT WORKING HERE: “The neurotic way that people relate to each other here. There’s a self-awareness, a verbosity that really influences my films. People don’t have walls around them when they talk; they just speak their minds. Like, I’ll be in Russ & Daughters buying babka, and the person next to me will be telling me how that fatty, chocolatey babka would be the end of them if they kept eating it so much.”
FAVORITE NEW YORK MOMENT ON FILM: “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three really captures the turbulent nature of living here-as well the camaraderie that develops when people are trapped in the subway. I was on the subway once when there was a track fire, and everyone was freaking out, but we were all helping each other. In New York, you can feel really close to strangers just because you’re sitting next to them.”
The “way that people relate to each other” is pretty spot-on. And we love to see it, both in the shop and on the screen. Breaking Upwards was one of my favorite films this past year, even before I knew of the babka-as-barometer-of-human-interaction observation connection.
- Jen Snow