DVD: Flyin’Cut Sleevs
Produced and directed: Henry Chalfant, Rita Fecher
Running Time: Ca. 60 Min.
(1993, Henry Chalfant & Rita Fecher) A gritty portrait of South Bronx gangs shot over three decades from the late 60s to the 90s, shows a far different northern borough then now. With archival footage shot in primitive monochromatic video giving a voice to gang members and leaders (including interviews with Black Benji from the Savage Nomads and Blackie Mercado from the Savage Skulls) it shows the other side of gangs, as protectors, role models, and positive influences in their community, from cleaning up empty lots to helping kids with homework. Shot by Fecher who taught in the Bronx in the 60s, with Chalfant who documented graffiti in the area, Flyin’ Cut Sleeves weaves footage of gangs then and what came of them (mostly staying in the borough) in the early nineties.