August 8, 2013 2:21pmTuesday, August 6 7:00 PM Anthology Film Archives, 2nd Ave & 2nd Street
Clayton Patterson’s life took a dramatic turn on the night of August 6-7, 1988, when he videotaped the Tompkins Square Park police riot, becoming the owner of the only concrete account of what really happened that night. During this riot, the NYPD clashed violently with protesters and park dwellers for hours; their actions resulted in the filing of over 100 complaints of police brutality.
Patterson’s footage was crucial evidence in the investigations and legal proceedings that followed the riot (though he was arrested and jailed for refusing to hand over his tape), and yet despite the tape’s infamy, few have actually seen it. Now you can!
Clayton Patterson will also be there to present the screening in person.Thursday, August 8 7:00 PM New Museum Theater, 235 Bowery
This evening will include short documentaries on art, performance, and popular struggle in the Lower East side by Clayton Patterson, including an excerpt from “Tompkins Square Park Police Riot August 1988.” The videos will be followed by a discussion with Patterson.Saturday, August 10 7:00 PM La Plaza Cultural – 9th Street & Avenue C
This event is an evening of dance a film, featuring choreography by Rebecca Davis, Gina Borden, Laura Bartzack, Martita Abri, and Brittany Bailey, as well as film by Brittany Bailey, Blayke Kogan, Laura Bartzack, and Clayton Patterson.
For more on Clayton Patterson and New York underground cinema, check out his book Captured: A Film/Video History of the Lower East Side (Seven Stories Press, July 2005).