Sunday, 9 November 2008


(via carrioncart, known also Twirl the Fisherman, known also Martin Iles):

'Unknown Denton Parades
Courtesy of the Denton Public Library, 1940s (11 min.)

Transferred from 8mm film, this film footage features WWIl-era parades and public events surrounding the downtown square in Denton, Texas. Includes a parade of white clad physicians, a monkey riding a horse, a dancing donkey, and appearances by Roy Rogers and Gabby Hayes.

With music selections from "I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore" (Mississippi Records).

Doin' Time in Times Square
Charlie Ahearn, 1992 (39 min.)

"Doin' Time in Times Square documents the view and action outside Charlie Ahearn's 43rd Street apartment window from 1981 to 1983. Ahearn, whose 1983 film Wild Style was a cult hip hop hit, was 'blessed' with a generous view of the sleaze emporiums up Eighth Avenue and down 43rd. His window provides a view into midtown New York's street brutality in the dark years before it was 'cleaned up'... capturing rip-offs, drug sales, police stake-outs and fist fights."

And This Is Free
Mike Shea, 1964 (50 min.)

"During its heyday in the early to mid-1900s, the Maxwell Street Market area represented one of the most fascinating chapters in American urban history. People congregated there by the thousands to shop for bargains in junk stores and on pushcarts... They went, too, for the street musicians, hucksters, rousing preachers, and street entertainers."

Mike Shea's only film, "And This Is Free" was recorded over sixteen Sundays on Chicago's Maxwell Street in 1964.'

More of the Iles of Martin soon.

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