Filmmaker Karen Gehres let us know about her latest project — "Astor Barber All Stars," a documentary about the people who own, work at and go to Astor Place Hairstylists at 2 Astor Place near Broadway.
She launched a Kickstarter campaign today. She has a $5,000 goal to help tighten up the edit, sound mix, etc.
Here's more about the film and Kickstarter campaign:
With so many NYC Institutions dropping like flies due to skyrocketing rent, one barber shop remains. Since 1939, Astor Barber has been cutting hair with pizzaz and is still one of NYC's most loved institutions. The Vezza family, their loyal customers and over 50 stylists working at Astor will show why this 3 generation family owned business attracts 'em all.
As a family run business since 1947, the owners have many stories to tell. A success story in itself, I want to explore their perspective on the daily workings of the place and the people that have walked through their doors. From the countless celebrity customers to the karaoke in the back with other 50 barbers,this barber shop is never dull.
Gehres previously filmed the acclaimed documentary "Begging Naked," which chronicled Elise Hill, an artist who became a prostitute and heroin addict.
Learn more about the Kickstarter campaign here.
Jeremiah wrote about it today too. Find his take here.
[Production stills by Phil Penman]