Guest Writer; Ilene Rosen.
the exterior of the fantastic Film Forum.

If you’re looking for old school NYC, I’m happy to report it’s living happily on a quiet little section of Houston Street.  Yes, there is actually a quiet part of Houston Street.  Between 6th and Varick—on Houston— is a little slice of the real NYC – The Film Forum.  The only non-profit cinema in NYC, The Film Forum is a mainstay for socially and politically relevant Indies, B&W classics, or acid tripped out flicks from the 70’s (thank you, i♥’d new york author for THAT experience).

Last night I went to see a film called The Yes Men Fix the World and the night ended with a talkback with The Yes Men and Women for Peace’s Code Pink. Then, the entire audience was asked to get out of our seats and go with them to a major fast food joint to distribute information to customers in protest of their health care policies.   And of course after that, everyone was to meet at a bar in Alphabet City for a dance off.  So, just when I thought NYC had lost its spirit, I was reminded last night it’s always going strong at this NYC cultural icon.

Thankfully it hasn’t changed a bit.

Ilene Rosen is a theatre guru extraodionaire with long stints at the Drama Department (sadly shuttered although a GREAT article in the New York Times here),  Public Theater and currently as Director of Business Development Spotco, an entertainment advertising agency in New York.  She’s already worked on Rent and Avenue Q. She was just hitched to a dynamite guy and Ilene herself is a 10 plus year loyal friend+ New Yorker.

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