“Koch” from The independent film series in HD at USCB Center For the Arts Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m.
Synopsis: Former Mayor Ed Koch is the quintessential New Yorker. Still ferocious, charismatic, and hilariously blunt, the now 88-year-old Koch ruled New York from 1978 to 1989 — a down-and-dirty decade of grit, graffiti, near-bankruptcy and rampant crime. First-time filmmaker (and former Wall Street Journal reporter) Neil Barsky has crafted an intimate and revealing portrait of this intensely private man, his legacy as a political titan, and the town he helped transform. The tumult of his three terms included a fiercely competitive 1977 election; an infamous 1980 transit strike; the burgeoning AIDS epidemic; landmark housing renewal initiatives; and an irreparable municipal corruption scandal. Through candid interviews and rare archival footage, Koch thrillingly chronicles the personal and political toll of running the world’s most wondrous city in a time of upheaval and reinvention.
Ratings & Reviews: Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 87% approval rating.
“A canny balancing act, making Koch’s arrogance so plain that you quickly move past it and concede that he accomplished remarkable things.” – David Edelstein, New York Magazine
“Though the film, more than two years in the making, was never intended as such, it plays like the kind of eulogy Koch would have approved — neither fawning nor eviscerating but always compelling,” Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times.
“An uncommonly juicy subject for a documentary,” said Lou Lumenick, New York Post
Rated: Not Rated.
Tickets for adults are $7, seniors $6, students $5. Call USCB Center for the Arts box office at 843-521-4145 or purchase day of performance. Box office opens one hour prior to show time.