You know the familiar New York City accent. You’ve heard it on television shows like “All in the Family,” “Seinfeld,” and “The Sopranos.” The films of Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, and Spike Lee are usually full of characters speaking in the distinctive accent. It’s often brisk, brusque and direct – an amalgam of the disparate cultures that settled in the city in the 19th & 20th Centuries.
Well, if you’re charmed (or at least intrigued) by the tell-tale accent, catch the screening of “If These Knishes Could Talk – A Film about the New York Accent,” on February 9, 2012. Filmmaker (and native New Yorker) Heather Quinlan took to the streets of the city to explore its accent, which is reportedly disappearing.
“People think New Yorkers are gruff and demanding and short-tempered and that’s kind of how they feel about the accent,” explains Quinlan. “But once you get a bit underneath you realize that there is a lot of chutzpah and heart and character and that’s what I want to try and come through.”
Another interesting aspect of this independent documentary is that is was funded in part by donations via Kickstarter.
The Fundraiser/screening of “Knishes…” will be February 9th at 6:45pm at Brooklyn Heights Cinema, 70 Henry Street, Brooklyn Heights. Tickets can be purchased here – all proceeds go toward the completion of the film. For more information, see the film’s website.