The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced yesterday that the New York Film Festival will feature a special 30th anniversary screening of Diego Echeverría's Los Sures (pictured) as part of NYFF Convergence. Echeverria’s nearly lost 1984 documentary skillfully represents the challenges of its time: drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes, and inadequate local resources in Brooklyn’s Los Sures neighborhood.
Yet Echeverria’s portrait also celebrates the vitality of this largely Puerto Rican and Dominican community, showing the strength of their culture, their creativity, and their determination to overcome a desperate situation. Nearly lost, this 16mm film has been restored, reframed, and remixed by Southside based UnionDocs just in time for the 30th anniversary of its premiere at the New York Film Festival.
The film by the Chilean-born director will be accompanied by the interactive presentation Living Los Sures. Using Escheverria’s film as a starting point, Southside-based UnionDocs has created a massive mixed-media project that defies easy categorization. Composed over the course of four years and pulling on the talents of over 30 different artists, Living Los Sures paints a picture of a neighborhood from street level, an ever-evolving mosaic of people and places captured through film, audio, and now an online participatory experience. With the premiere of two new elements—Eighty-Nine Steps, a continuation of the story of one of the original characters from Los Sures, and Shot by Shot—that invite people to share their personal stories inspired by the shots and locations of the original film, the UnionDocs team will take audiences through the process of building this unique documentary storyworld.
NYFF Convergence is an ongoing initiative of the New York Film Festival focused on the intersection of technology and storytelling. It offers audiences and creators the unique opportunity to experience a curated selection of some of the most exciting immersive storytelling projects being produced today. Convergence is about creators and makers and the fact that in our digital world every member of the audience is not just an observer but an active participant in building their entertainment. The 52nd edition of the New York Film Festival will take place September 16 - October 12.