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TUNNEL VISION PRESENTS: A Unique Film Event Inside the World’s Oldest Subway Tunnel
Brooklyn, NY – July 29, 2010 – In association with The Brooklyn Historical Rail Association, multimedia curators Tunnel Vision present a film and live music event inside the world’s oldest subway tunnel. The program consists of short films featuring trains, railways, and transit culture. The tunnel, built by The Long Island Railroad in 1844, lies below Atlantic Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Cobble Hill. It is shrouded in urban legend, including stories of murder, German terrorist plots and bootlegging. Walt Whitman once described the tunnel as, “dark as the grave, cold, damp, and silent. How beautiful look earth and heaven again, as we emerge from the gloom!”[1] With its importance in New York City transit history and its rich cultural significance, the tunnel provides the perfect context for Tunnel Vision. The event will include a brief history of the site by local historian and tunnel expert, Bob Diamond, followed by a 60-minute short film program with original musical accompaniment. In addition, film and video artist, Bill Brand, will present clips from his site-specific subway animation, Masstransiscope. The event will showcase films by D.W. Griffith, D.A. Pennebaker, Stan Brakhage, the Lumière brothers and Jules Engel, among others. Local musicians, Ljova Zhurbin, Clifton Hyde and Wil Smith will perform original scores for the silent film portion of the program. Tunnel Vision is a truly underground affair. Comfortable shoes (no high heels) and flashlights are highly recommended, as entrance to the tunnel requires guests to climb down a manhole in the middle of Atlantic Avenue. An after party will be held at Floyd, 131 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. The first 100 guests at the screening will receive a free beer at the after party, courtesy of Floyd, NY. Audio-visual equipment is provided by Rooftop Films. A portion of proceeds from

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ticket sales will go to The Brooklyn Historical Rail Association. The Tunnel Vision program is curated and produced by Brooklyn filmmakers Erin Stamos and Mimi Zora and film archivist, Alice Moscoso. INFORMATION: 3PM, August 14, 2010 Line forms at the southwest corner of Atlantic Avenue and Court Street in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Subway: A, C to Jay Street or F, G to Bergen Street. Visit us on Facebook: Tunnel Vision on Facebook TICKETS: Admission for film screening is $15. Tickets must be purchased at http://tunnelvisionny.eventbrite.com Contingent on availability, tickets may also be purchased at the entrance immediately before the screening.

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