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Liberty Kid DVD

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Ilya Chaiken’s “tender, wise, and deceptively low key” (New York Times) film Liberty Kid captures with compassion and street-smart humor the spirit and pain of America transformed by September 11 through the eyes of two Brooklyn youths.

Childhood friends Derrick (Al Thompson) and Tico (Kareem Saviñon) occupy a high school dropout limbo operating a concession stand at the foot of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Fast talking Tico’s ambitions reach no further than collecting the next paycheck or pretty girl’s phone number, while Derrick has his eyes on a different prize. But when the World Trade Center terrorist attack plunges their lives, their community, and their country into chaos, Derrick’s vision of a college-educated future goes up in smoke in the first of many incidences of personal collateral damage both he and Tico must endure. Out of work and fending for themselves in a traumatized city, Derrick and Tico drift into petty drug deals and half-baked scams as America inches ever closer to a war that will change both of their lives forever. Using a “Wire-worthy ear for the street talk of South Williamsburg,” (Village Voice), independent film phenomenon Chaiken “never allows her small budget to show” (New York Times), “makes us feel for her characters” (New York Post), and evokes simple and memorable human truths about life on society’s margins.

Director Matthew Harrison, one of the most exciting American independent filmmaking talents to emerge in the 1990’s, began making films on the streets of New York City while still a kid. His first feature, Spare Me, a smash hit on the international film festival circuit, led to the immediate production of Rhythm Thief. Harrison’s short films, such as Two Boneheads, West Side Evan, and Waking Up Crazy, won awards internationally. Based on his admiration of Rhythm Thief, Martin Scorsese served as executive producer on Harrison’s acclaimed follow-up film, Kicked in the Head.

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Description

  • Feature-length Audio Commentary by Director Ilya Chaiken and Actors Al Thompson and Kareem Saviñon
  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Back from Iraq: Conversations with the Iraq War Veterans
  • Photo Gallery
  • Presented in 5.1 Stereo Surround
  • Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 92
  • Color Type: Color
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Country: U.S.
  • Language: English

Label: Kino Lorber

Actors:
Kareem Savinon
Al Thompson
    • Directed by Ilya Chaiken

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