About the event

Artists and filmmakers Zoe Beloff and Eric Muzzy are screening their new feature, The Tramps New World along with an archival 16mm print of the film, In the Street by Helen Levitt, Janice Loeb and James Agee.

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Following the screening there will be in conversation with filmmaker Courtney Stephens and a sneak preview of Zoe and Eric's documentary, The Song of the Essential Worker, a public art project in progress.

The Tramps New World, a film about James Agee and a scenario that he wrote for his lifelong hero Charlie Chaplin in 1948. Agee was deeply disturbed by the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He imagined New York destroyed, and Chaplin’s Little Tramp alone in the ruins, building a shack in Central Park. Gradually a small community of the dispossessed grows up around him. For Agee, The Tramp’s New World was a thought experiment, a way to try and imagine what happens when a city undergoes catastrophe, how one might begin again with nothing, to go beyond capitalism to form an egalitarian multicultural community and at the same time just how hard that is the face of a modern technocracy.

Union Docs Center for Documentary Art
322 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

This evening is organized by UnionDocs. With the support of New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the event is free of charge.