DVD Release: Dirty Old Town

DVD Release Date: May 29, 2012
Price: DVD $24.95
Studio: Microcinema

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Janell Shirtcliff is one of the denizens of Dirty Old Town.

Dirty Old Town is a 2010 independent comedy-drama set in downtown New York City.

Revolving around the city’s Lower East Side, the film focuses (loosely) on a merchant (William Leroy, playing a fictionalized version of himself) who has 72 hours to pay his rent. Facing extinction, his ramshackle tent of antiquities lures a troop of misfits, freaks and renegades—classic downtown New Yorkers holding on to the pre-gentrification days of the area—who scramble about as the closing hour draws nigh.

A bizarre “love letter” of sorts to the fast-fading days of downtown bohemia, Dirty Old Town embodies a free-form, improvisational style (though still a narrative).

The film is directed by Jenner Furst and Daniel B. Levin, who reportedly made the movie for under $10,000, shot it in two days and edited it in two months.

“We knew we were going to make a film, it was going to be improv,” co-director Furst told The Villager newspaper in a July, 2010 interview. “The goal was to make art with nothing, no money. And that’s the message — you don’t have to have $10 million or $15 million to make an independent film.”

The unrated Dirty Old Town has popped up at festivals and in a couple of New York theaters over the past couple of years and will have a one-day theatrical release at Brooklyn’s BAM Cinematek several days before it is issued on disc.

No bonus features have been announced for the DVD.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.