Kickstart Everybody Street

Cheryl Dunn is a New York-based filmmaker and photographer whose films have screemed at numerous festivals including Tribeca, Edinburgh, Rotterdam, Los Angeles, and on PBS. She is collaborating with producer and Sundance alum Lucy Cooper (Hesher) on the feature documentary Everybody Street. Click here to visit their Kickstarter page and help fund the final stages of production.  

Everybody Street is a feature documentary about NYC street photographers who have taken some of the most iconic images of the last century. Whether you take pictures with your phone or a Leica, or are just a fan of photography and film, you will relish the opportunity to hear the real stories of the men and women who are the very foundation of the street photography movement and of the medium itself. Some of these photographers include: Bruce Davidson, Joel Meyerowitz, Mary Ellen Mark, Max Kozloff, Ricky Powell, Martha Cooper, Jamal Shabazz, Bruce Gilden, Clayton Patterson, Jeff Mermelstein, Rebecca Lepkoff, Boogie, Luc Sante, Jill Freedman, and Josh Wildman.

The film, shot in16mm and in HD and featuring a score by New York-based band Endless Boogie, takes you into the studios and out onto the streets where you will see firsthand the working techniques of these incredible artists as they unfold in the theater of New York City. Many of my subjects have never been documented before, remaining, until now, hidden behind their cameras.

After being invited to show the short at the Tate Modern Museum in London, I spent the summer shooting more incredible photographers and street scenes, delving further into this elusive world. With the attention this garnered, we now have the amazing opportunity to record some additional, pivotal scenes with unprecedented access, not only in New York but abroad as well. In addition, I have been lucky enough to hire the talented editor David Zeiff  (The CoveSome Kind of MonsterCrazy Love) to bring it on home.

I have also teamed up with independent film producer and Sundance alum Lucy Cooper (Hesher, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints) to expand the 36 minute short into a feature-length documentary. Lucy’s films have played not only at the Sundance Film Festival, but also at Cannes, Edinburgh, Tribeca, and Berlin film festivals, among many others. They’ve received Oscar nominations and won a Golden Globe.

Everybody Street is an invaluable treasure-chest of knowledge and insight into the art of photography and the City of New York. You can see exclusive stills and clips and follow our progress (and even participate!) by checking our Kickstarter page here.

I know you will enjoy seeing it as much as I am loving making it. 

My thanks,

Cheryl Dunn


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