polyvinyl films - cathy lee crane

The Manhattan Front (trailer)

2014-2018
16mm/DCP, 01:30

Women, anarchists, and spies conjure the fantastically true story of how America entered WW1.

Once upon a time, in 1915, a German saboteur arrived to Manhattan to interrupt the export of American munitions to Britain. He soon finds a collaborator in a wayward stevedore who unwittingly leads him to a group of labor anarchists. Sabotage and betrayal soon turn these bedfellows into agents of the other’s tragic end. In the spirit of a silent film from the era, this musical melodrama plays itself out through the interaction of archival images and the theatrical rendition of lives as they might have been lived on The Manhattan Front.