This article in the NY Times got me worried for a while. Has someone else done a Broadway??? This new film does have an interesting premise. It is all of Broadway - now - at once. As you need a log-in to get the article I have copied it below.
I think this is a great TV2.0 idea. I just wish I'd thought of it! But good on 'em.
By EMILY VASQUEZ
Published: June 7, 2006
Armed with a rented video camera, a MetroPass and a copy of one of the most expansive filmmaking permits New York City has ever issued, Dora Espinoza reached her assigned block yesterday — at 105th Street and Broadway — and immediately started making a movie.
James Estrin/The New York Times
Almost 400 filmmakers took part in the project for Robert Liano, between 4:30 and 5:30 Tuesday afternoon.
She dropped quarters into a mechanical horse, and 11-year-old Meldwin DeLeon, at Ms. Espinoza's urging, jumped on for a ride. Ms. Espinoza had found her first subject for part of an hourlong documentary. A moment later, she slipped into Juanito's Unisex Barbershop, not once lowering her camera.
Ms. Espinoza was one of almost 400 participants in a one-day project for documentary filmmakers, amateurs and professionals. Together, they set out to capture on film every block of Broadway from Battery Park to the Bronx.
For an hour, between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m., they searched simultaneously for all the moments, characters, stories and images that Broadway could offer.
Robert Liano, a filmmaker and the founder of Saul Goode Entertainment, organized the event. Watching passers-by from his apartment at 10th Street and Broadway, he said, he would wonder just how many people walked along Broadway at once.
The thought evolved into curiosity about those people's stories.
"There's a story every second," Mr. Liano said. And Broadway is perhaps the world's greatest stage, he added, as it winds from Wall Street, through the Village, to Midtown, Harlem and beyond. Two years ago, he decided that the only way to capture all that life was to put a lot of cameras on the street.
He set up a link from his company's Web site, put postings online, contacted professors at universities and began sending e-mail messages to artists. He revealed very little about the project, just that he was offering an opportunity to be a part of a "massive collaborative documentary film and photography project about New York City."
Katherine Oliver, the commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting, said Mr. Liano's permit request stood out. "While other documentary filmmakers have filmed the city over time," Ms. Oliver said, "this is the largest portion of the city that we have seen documented simultaneously."
Filmmakers young and old took Mr. Liano up on his offer.
Fourteen-year-old Jon Buckley saw Mr. Liano's posting on The Village Voice's Web site at his home in Londonderry, N.H., and applied. He heard back from Mr. Liano, who assured Jon's parents by phone that the project was legitimate.
Yesterday morning, Jon and his mother, Kim Buckley, drove in for Jon's first visit to New York City.
Shortly before 3 p.m., when Mr. Liano's team revealed the details of the project to the filmmakers, Jon said that his plan for his one-hour documentary was just to "show real New Yorkers."
"I just want to talk to people in New York and see how rush hour affects them," Jon said. Assigned to the 42nd Street block, he got a taste of Times Square's character. About 4:30 p.m., about a dozen people dressed as grim reapers to promote the movie "The Omen" filed past him.
He was disappointed when the reapers declined to be interviewed, but he did capture five minutes of an impromptu, sidewalk rap performance, and a passer-by bought him his first New York pretzel.
Downtown, Tim Eggert, 34, a real estate broker and jazz guitarist from Boulder, Colo., was stationed at the corner of Broadway and Spring Street and reported slightly less success. He was waved off by a Con Ed employee who told him that filming required permission from headquarters. A woman selling sunglasses from a card table told him she was leery about the lens because he might be a spy.
When the filmmakers — 223 people with cameras and 160 others assisting them — began to return to their rendezvous point, the Roseland Ballroom on West 52nd Street, around 6 p.m., Mr. Liano and his team collected the hundreds of hours of videotape. He will log each tape and pull bits and pieces from some to make a full-length documentary.
All of the images will then be posted online for free access by participants and the public, Mr. Liano said.
Ms. Espinoza said she thinks her tape will be in good hands.
"It was a beautiful piece, but I have to give my video away," she said. "It belongs to everybody."
Colin Moynihan contributed reporting for this article.
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