Tuesday Night – 04.18.06 – Co-presentation with CAMEL – Screening of“Tighten Your Belts, Bite the Bullet” and discussion with Martin Lucas

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Tuesday Night – 04.18.06 – Co-presentation with CAMEL – Screening of
“Tighten Your Belts, Bite the Bullet” and discussion with Martin Lucas
1. About Tuesday Night
2. About “Tighten Your Belts, Bite the Bullet”
3. About Martin Lucas
4. About “Cities, Labor and Culture: Present Crises, Past Documents”
5. About CAMEL
1. About Tuesday Night
What: Screening /Discussion
Where: 125 Maiden Lane, 2nd Floor
When: Tuesday Night 04.18.2006 @ 7:30 PM
Who: Open and Free To All
NOTE: This event is NOT at 16beaver. It will be at the LMCC office at 125
Maiden Lane, 2nd Floor, between Pearl and Water St. Train: near Wall St,
Fulton St and Broadway/Nassau (A, C, J, M, Z, 2,
3, 4, 5)
Tuesday’s screening and discussion will be a co-presentation by CAMEL and
16beaver. Martin Lucas, one of the film’s directors, will be present for
the discussion after the screening.
Hope you can make it.
2. About ‘Tighten Your Belts, Bite the Bullet’
Tighten Your Belts, Bite the Bullet
16mm color film, 1980, 48 mins.
A film by James Gaffney, Martin Lucas, and Jonathan Miller
Focusing on the 1970s fiscal crises in New York City and in Cleveland,
Ohio, “Tighten Your Belts, Bite the Bullet” looks at the root causes of
fiscal crises in American cities, and the political responses to them.
In New York, the film traces the political and economic history leading to
the default threat of the 1970s, and the creation of the Emergency
Financial Control Board. It looks at what the effect of these developments
were – cuts in city services with a devastating impact on city workers and
The film contrasts New York’s political response to the crisis with that
of Cleveland, where then Mayor Dennis Kucinich, and his supporters, waged
“The Battle of Cleveland” over what they viewed as nothing less than
control of the city itself. Using animation, news footage, and exclusive
interviews, “Tighten Your Belts, Bite the Bullet” is an enlightening
history of a difficult period in recent urban history.
3. About Martin Lucas
Martin Lucas is an actively engaged artist with a critical perspective
and a documentary bent who works in an art world context as well as in
alternative and broadcast media. Projects include Subway Outside, a
free-ranging look at how New Yorkers find culture made in
collaboration with Dutch conceptual artist Jeanne van Heeswijk and
involving installation, broadcast, periodical publications and a series of
discussions around art and public culture.
Martin has taught film and video production as well as new media at
Fordham University, Brooklyn College, CUNY and The Educational Video
Center. He currently teaches in the Film and Media Studies Department
at Hunter College, City University of New York, courses include
collective documentary production and electronic news gathering.
4. About “Cities, Labor, and Culture: Present Crises, Past Documents”
The film is part of a screening series on labor and community
organizing entitled “Cities, Labor, and Culture: Present Crises, Past
The film and discussion series is an attempt to connect past and
present struggles of the labor movement and community organizing, as a
way of considering what has changed, what is still the same, and more
importantly, what can we learn in terms of past successes or
failures—especially questions of how we organize, how we negotiate
issues of race, class, gender, different labor sectors, changes in the
labor market or housing/urban development issues. The series is also
an attempt to counteract historical amnesia: of how we are conditioned
to think that any hard-won victory for working people was handed to us
on high, rather than being the product of struggles. But also, the
films are experiments in participatory documentary filmmaking. The
film series is about trying to remember those struggles, and
hopefully, to bridge different generations of activists, and allow for
discussions between labor and social justice movements and arts communities.
5. About CAMEL
The film series is organized by CAMEL, a NYC collective working
around the issues of labor, culture and economics, and, in general,
attempting to build bridges between arts communities and social
Contact information:
Website http//www.thewatercarriers.org