For decades, Queens’ Willets Point has been the site of an interconnected network of hundreds of small auto repair shops, known for no-frills but inexpensive, quality service. The owners, many immigrants, have persevered despite a lack of city support, but their luck may have just run out. With the Iron Triangle declared a blight and marked for lucrative redevelopment, the working class of Willets Point faces off against gentrification and urban renewal for the future of their livelihoods and community.
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Prudence Katze is a New York City-based artist and urbanist who is interested in how political infrastructures intersect with the built world.
She received a BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and a Masters in Urban Planning from the City University of New York’s Hunter College.
William Lehman is an Oregon-based filmmaker and editor who lived and worked in New York City for ten years.
As an editor he has focused primarily on long-format social issue documentaries. In recent years he has been a contributing editor to the films The Yes Men Are Revolting and Meru, and has completed the feature length documentaries The Wound and The Gift, which delves into the beneficial relationships that grow out of the animal rescue movement, and Things Left Behind, about the first major art exhibition devoted to Hiroshima. Prior, he edited From The Ground Up, which premiered on PBS and OWN in 2011.
Directed & Produced by
Director of Photography
Original Music by
Juan Garcia Guererro
Made with the support of
The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts