Two Films of Interest to the LES

It's worth highlighting a couple of interesting  films that will be debuting soon. The first is called, "Excuse Me, Mr. Speaker." Filmmaker Justin Sullivan follows the unlikely journey of Paul Newell, who had the audacity to challenge Sheldon Silver in last year's election. Silver, State Assembly Speaker and Lower East Side boy, had run unopposed in 11 previous campaigns. The film will be screened at the Vision Festival this weekend in Tribeca. You can see the schedule for the fesatival here.

The other film, mentioned in the, is "The Lower East Side: An Endangered Place." It's a short that will be part of the Asian American International Film Festival. It was a production of the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, directed by M.A. Shumin.  The film examines the impact of gentrification on the neighborhood through interviews with both longtime residents and new arrivals.  Take a look at the trailer: