“On Broadway” film screening covered by New Haven Independent

We had a great event Monday of last week. Yale University Associate Professor of Urbanism Elihu Rubin came to the store to screen his short film “On Broadway,” part of his “New Haven Trilogy” of short documentaries made with Elena Oxman.

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“On Broadway,” made in 1999, deals with issues of redevelopment and public spaces by focusing on the Broadway commercial district in New Haven. The screening was followed by a lively discussion of the issues raised by the movie.

Thanks to Tom Breen of the New Haven Independent for reporting on this event:

On Broadway, which co-director and Yale Associate Professor of Urbanism Elihu Rubin presented and discussed at Best Video’s performance space Monday night, finds its story in the conflict between the small, family-owned businesses that had defined the block for generations, and their relatively new landlord, Yale University. Throughout the film, Rubin and Oxman interview many of the street’s shop-owners and customers, who prove to be ambivalent about the university’s engagement in the commercial district. Some appreciate the university’s investment in new buildings and clean streets; some resent its demands for high rent and long hours.

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Film Screening/Discussion: Elihu Rubin’s & Elena Oxman’s “On Broadway”—New Haven urban planning on Mon., Oct. 5, at 8 PM

On_Broadway_promo_100515_WebThe short film “On Broadway”—directed by Elihu Rubin and Elena Oxman—will be screened in the Best Video Performance Space on Monday, Oct. 5, at 8 PM. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Elihu Rubin. There is a suggested $5 donation.

A close look at the redevelopment of a single street illuminates broader trends in American urbanism in the short film “On Broadway.” The first film in the New Haven Trilogy, “On Broadway” premiered at the York Square Cinema (now defunct) on Broadway in New Haven and was broadcast on Connecticut Public Television. The film was made at Yale’s Digital Media Center for the Arts in 1999-2000, when Elihu Rubin and Elena Oxman were Emerging Artist Fellows at the DMCA.  Thanks to Lee Faulkner, Carol Scully, Laraine Sammler, and Ken Lovell.

Elihu Rubin is an architectural historian, city planner, and documentary filmmaker. He is Associate Professor of Architecture, Urbanism, and American Studies at Yale. Elihu is the author of “Insuring the City:  The Prudential Center and the Postwar Urban Landscape” and is currently working on a book about the American Ghost Town.

Elena Oxman is an assistant professor of film studies at the College of San Mateo, where she teaches courses in film history and production. After graduating from Yale in 1999, she co-founded the documentary production company American Beat with Elihu Rubin,, and they made a trilogy of documentaries about New Haven: “On Broadway” (about the redevelopment of Broadway), “Convergence” (about the history of the New Haven Green), and “Next Question” (about the legacy of the Black Panther trials in New Haven). Her essay-film, “Kmart Confidential,” explored a personal relationship with Kmart as a place and an idea, and featured the now defunct North Haven SuperK. More recently, she has turned to narrative filmmaking; her recent short film Lit premiered at Palm Springs International Shortsfest and is currently finishing up its festival run. She received her PhD in English from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2012 and has published articles on the relationship between film and philosophy. She is currently working on a book project on the concept of realism in cinema.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Sept. 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ANGELA EASTERLING

• Thursday, Oct. 1. TRIP HOP: THE FOREST ROOM, HIP-HOP: CHEF THE CHEF

• Friday, Oct. 2. ROCK: HOLIDAY PING

• Monday, Oct. 5. FILM SCREENING: ELIHU RUBIN’S & ELENA OXMAN’S “ON BROADWAY”

• Wednesday, Oct. 7. ROCK ‘N” ROLL: THE BUTTONDOWNS; SINGER-SONGWRITER: GARY HERIOT

• Thursday, Oct. 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI, BEN PARENT

• Friday, Oct. 9. JAZZ: THE JOVAN ALEXANDRE TRIO

• Wednesday, Oct. 14. INDIE ROCK: CHRISTOPHER MIR

• Thursday, Oct. 15. SOLO GUITAR/CD RELEASE: GLENN ROTH

• Friday, Oct. 16. TOURING SINGER-SONGWRITERS: LINDA WATERFALL, DEAN STEVENS

• Wednesday, Oct. 21. ROOTS ROCK: BRONSON ROCK

• Thursday, Oct. 22. GARAGE SOUL: ELISON JACKSON

• Friday, Oct. 23. ALT-COUNTRY: TANNERSVILLE

• Thursday, Oct. 29. SYNTH POP/ROCK: MISSION ZERO

• Friday, Oct. 30. HALLOWEEN SILENT FILM SCREENING WITH LIVE SCORE: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT

• Wednesday, Nov. 4. OLD TIMEY/SWING: THE ZuZAZZ STRING ORKESTRA

• Friday, Nov. 6. RAGTIME/BLUES: THE RED HOTS

• Friday, Nov. 13. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Wednesday, Nov. 18. FILM SCREENING: THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)