NY, NY: A Century of City Symphony Films

N.Y., N.Y. (1957), Francis Thompson

[Image: N.Y., N.Y. (1957), Francis Thompson]

Archivist and curator Jon Gartenberg (MA, Cinema Studies; www.gartenbergmedia.com) provides an overview of the genre of City Symphony Films produced in New York City, extending from the period of early cinema at the dawn of the 20th century through to the digital works of the first decade of 21st Century, as seen through the lens of independent and experimental filmmakers.

This presentation is based on his article "NY NY: A Century of City Symphony Films” that was recently published in Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media.


  • Interiors, N.Y. Subway, 14th Street to 42nd Street (1905, G. W. Bitzer). 5 min.
  • Empire of Steel: A Story of a Supreme Achievement in Steel Construction (1931,
    Otis Elevator Co.). 6 min.
  • The City (1939, Ralph Steiner and Willard Van Dyke). [Sequence: City Life].
    13 min.
  • New York: A Documentary Film (2001, Ric Burns). [Sequence: Introduction to
    Episode 7]. 3 min.
  • The D Train (2011, Jay Rosenblatt). 5 min.
  • N.Y., N.Y. (1957, Francis Thompson). 15 min.
  • Block Print (1976, George Griffin). 16 min.
  • Native New Yorker (2005, Steve Bilich). 13 min.
  • NYC Weights and Measures (2006, Jem Cohen). 6 min.

Total Running Time: 82 minutes

This event is free and open to the public.
Seating is limited and is available first-come, first-served.