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Trailer Watch: Vanessa McDonnell’s John’s of 12th Street

Conversation, heaping plates and lots of red sauce — all should be found in Vanessa McDonnell’s documentary on the people behind East Village Italian landmark John’s. The film opens next Wednesday, November 12, at Brooklyn’s Spectacle for five screenings.

Here’s the description:

JOHN’S OF 12TH STREET is a portrait of a century-old Italian-American restaurant in New York City, one of the last of its kind in a rapidly changing East Village. This observational documentary loosely follows the rhythm of the restaurant’s day, which swings between boredom and frenzy as the old rooms empty and fill. No one who works at John’s is actually Italian, but some have been here for 40 years, including two pairs of brothers and a father and son. JOHN’S OF 12TH STREET catalogues the overlooked details of working life and a vanishing facet of New York City.

And here is the screening schedule:

Wednesday, November 12, 10 PM
Sunday, November 16, 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 22, 10 PM
Friday, November 28, 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 30, 5 PM

Screenings are only five bucks.

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