Photographer Matt Weber Featured in MORE THAN THE RAINBOW Documentary, Opening Today
At the close the of film noir classic The Naked City, the narrator famously proclaims: 'There are eight million stories in the Naked City. This has been one of them.' The film took its title from Weegee's seminal book of New York photographs published in 1945.
In our time, an equally compelling presence roams the streets of New York armed with only a camera: Matt Weber. There is no telling how many stories Weber has attempted to capture since he first started taking pictures out of the window of the cab he used to drive. But his quarter century-plus devotion to candidly depicting the lives of his fellow New Yorkers, many of them from the fringes of society, has yielded a remarkable document of a New York that most of us will never experience.
Part character study and part meditation on photography, MORE THAN THE RAINBOW interweaves live action, still photography and revealing interviews with Weber and fellow photographers. Shot on both hi-def video and in 35mm, and largely scored to the music of Thelonious Monk, this beautiful and evocative documentary is a poetic celebration of the world's greatest city and the individuals who walk its streets.
• Fine art photographer RALPH GIBSON
• Magnum photographer ZOE STRAUSS
• Fetish photographer and editor ERIC KROLL
• Fine art photographer DAVE BECKERMAN
• Designer and lifestyle guru TODD OLDHAM
• Late photographer, curator, and critic BEN LIFSON
About Photographer Matt Weber - From 1978-1990, Matt Weber drove a New York City taxi. It was during these years that he transitioned from being a taxi driver with a camera, to a photographer with a taxi, eventually taking up the life of an artist full-time. He occasionally gives talks on photography and his work, and he never leaves the apartment without a camera.
About Director Dan Wechsler - A native New Yorker, Dan Wechsler works as a rare bookseller, publisher and filmmaker. Matt Weber's monograph, The Urban Prisoner, was the first book he published. Most recently, he edited and published Strange and Wonderful: An Informal Visual History of Manuscript Books and Albums, with an introduction by Jed Perl. He co-wrote the award-winning short, WAITING FOR WOODY ALLEN and is president of Lespedi Productions.
MORE THAN THE RAINBOW
Opens TODAY, May 2 at the Quad Cinema
83 minutes, English, Color & B/W, USA, Documentary, 2012
Produced and Directed by DAN WECHSLER
Edited by JOHN ROSENBERG
Director of Photography ARLENE MULLER
Associate Producer JUDITH MIZRACHY
Music by THELONIOUS MONK and KEITH GURLAND
Featuring MATT WEBER, DAVE BECKERMAN, BOOGIE, RALPH GIBSON, ERIC KROLL, ZOE STRAUSS, JEFF MERMELSTEIN, JEFF LADD, JULIO MITCHELL, TODD OLDHAM, and BEN LIFSON.
Check out the trailer below!