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February 27, 2013
Showtimes (change daily)
Wednesday, February 27 at 7:30pm

A lively and insightful portrait of former Mayor Ed Koch, the quintessential New Yorker

In Person: Filmmaker NEIL BARSKY

Buy Tickets$10 Members  • $15 Public
(includes reception)

Tickets also at 800-838-3006, and CAC Box Office

Former Mayor Ed Koch was the quintessential New Yorker. Ferocious, charismatic, and hilariously blunt, Koch ruled New York from 1978 to 1989—a down-and-dirty decade of grit, graffiti, near-bankruptcy and rampant crime. First-time filmmaker (and former Wall Street Journal reporter) Neil Barsky has crafted an intimate and revealing portrait of this intensely private man, his legacy as a political titan, and the town he helped transform. The tumult of his three terms included a fiercely competitive 1977 election; an infamous 1980 transit strike; the burgeoning AIDS epidemic; landmark housing renewal initiatives; and an irreparable municipal corruption scandal. Through candid interviews and rare archival footage, Koch thrillingly chronicles the personal and political toll of running the world’s most wondrous city in a time of upheaval and reinvention. (USA, 2012, 95 mins., color – Director: Neil Barsky)

Highly entertaining, and at times quite moving.”
- Ralph Gardner, Jr., WALL STREET JOURNAL

“A cinematic view of former New York City mayor Ed Koch. The warts and-all portrait of the complicated leader of a major metropolis explores both the political and the personal. ” - Milva DiDomizio, BOSTON GLOBE