ZEIGEIST FILMS RELEASES NEIL BARSKY'S KOCH ON CABLE (JULY 17) AND ON ITUNES, DVD AND OTHER VOD CHANNELS (AUG. 27)
DIRECTOR NEIL BARSKY IS AVAILABLE FOR SELECT INTERVIEWS
New York, NY – July 11, 2013 – Zeitgeist Films is proud to announce the Cable, VOD and home media release of KOCH, a “thrilling” (Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal) documentary about former New York mayor Ed Koch, the ferocious and hilariously blunt ace politician who ruled Manhattan from 1978 to 1989 — a down-and-dirty decade of grit, graffiti, near-bankruptcy and rampant crime.
Directed by first-time filmmaker (and former Wall Street Journal reporter) Neil Barsky, KOCH opened at the Angelika Film Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on Feb 1, the same day that Mr. Koch passed away of heart failure. His funeral took place on February 4, at Temple Emanu-El, a Reform Jewish congregation in the city.
Slated to become available on Cable on Demand on July 17, 2013, (through Comcast, Time Warner, Cablevision, Cox, DirecTV VOD, Echostar and many other Cable service providers), KOCH will also be released on iTunes, DVD and other VOD and SVOD services on August 27 — five weeks after its cable premiere.
As special features (available on DVD and iTunes), KOCH brings a never-before-seen short film, Witnesses NYC (also directed by Neil Barsky), featuring rare 1980s archival footage plus interviews with New Yorkers — graffiti artist, Wall Street trader, crack dealer, restaurateur, peepshow employee, artist/squatter and others — who lived through the Koch years.
In addition to this new short film, audiences will be able to watch Koch's final public appearance (at a Q&A at the New York Jewish Film Festival; 17 min) as well as a 35-minute interview with director Neil Barsky conducted by filmmaker Ondi Timoner (Dig), for BYOD: Bring Your Own Doc (35 min).
Mr. Barsky's intimate and revealing portrait of this intensely private man is also a fascinating account of the town he transformed, during three terms as mayor, from widespread crime and fiscal insolvency to the economic boom of the late 80s. This unique and multi-layered political saga now stands as an rare account of a man still considered to be the quintessential New Yorker — as well as an outstanding American politician.
Covering the tumult of his three-term runs as mayor, including a fiercely competitive 1977 election where Mr. Koch's sexual orientation became a campaign issue (with the appearance of placards, disavowed by the Cuomo campaign, with the slogan 'Vote for Cuomo, Not the Homo'), Neil Barsky's documentary doesn't shy away from difficult issues and questions. The film covers thee infamous 1980 transit strike; the burgeoning AIDS epidemic; landmark housing renewal initiatives; and an irreparable municipal corruption scandal, among many other political and personal moments of Koch's life.
Through candid interviews and rare archival footage, KOCH thrillingly chronicles the personal and political toll of running the world’s most wondrous city in a time of upheaval and reinvention.
More than one hour of special features, including:
• HD transfer, enhanced for widescreen viewing
• Witnesses NYC: A new film by director Neil Barsky, featuring more extraordinary 1980s archival footage plus interviews with New Yorkers—a graffiti artist, a Wall Street executive, a crack dealer, a restaurateur, a peepshow employee, an activist/urban gardener and others—who lived though the Koch years (29 min).
• Director interview by filmmaker Ondi Timoner (Dig), for BYOD: Bring Your Own Doc (35 min)
• Ed Koch Q&A at the New York Jewish Film Festival, his final public appearance (17 min)
• Original theatrical trailer
• 5.1 and stereo soundtracks
• Optional subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired (SDH)
Cable VOD: July 16
VOD/SVOD: Aug 27
DVD/iTunes: Aug 27
“HE WAS A STORYBOOK EMBODIMENT OF NEW YORK'S CONTRADICTIONS, which is why his chapters in the city's saga loom so large.”
— Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
“A PORTRAIT OF A COMPLICATED MAN IN AN ERA THAT IS QUICKLY FADING IN MEMORY…. Mr. Koch […] remains as contentious, as mischievous and at times as inflammatory as ever."
— A.O. Scott, The New York Times
KOCH - A film by Neil Barsky
Street - 8/27/2013
Prebook - 7/23/2013
2013 • 95 minutes • U.S. • Color • In English • 16:9 anamorphic • Not Rated
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