Sunday
Sep282014

We're Thrilled to Announce: After the Fair is Available Now!

Yes, after four years, we can finally say After the Fair is now available on DVD and digital on demand. As documentaries go, we had a very lean crew. However, there were still over a hundred people and organizations who made this project possible. (You can see some of their names here.) This started as a simple (and I thought relatively quick) project to document the precious remaining relics from the fair. Of course it became much bigger. And in the course of four years, we've amassed quite a lot of video and photos, as you can imagine. (Look for more on the staggering numbers related to the project in a future post.) Of course all of this means we have a lot more to share with you than we could fit into the movie, so please keep checking back for more articles and photos. For now, hop in those time machines, and let's travel back to 1964 with After The Fair. Thanks again everyone, and enjoy!

Thursday
Sep042014

After the Fair release date announced: Sept. 29th

We're thrilled to (finally!) announce the release date for our documentary, After the Fair. We will begin shipping the DVD to those who have pre-ordered on Sept. 29th. You can still pre-order and ensure you get one of the first discs, and save $5 at the same time. 

The 1964-65 NY World's Fair, held in Queens, had a tremendous impact during its two-year run, and has an enduring legacy. We've managed to pack insights from 30 people into the documentary, including Disney imagineers Rolly Crump, Bob Gurr, and Marty Sklar, who worked on four key attractions at the Fair. Directors Jon Favreau and Barry Sonnenfeld tell us about the Fair's lasting impact on pop culture. You'll see the effort to save the New York State Pavilion, as well as all the little ways that the fair impacts all of our lives. In addition to the story of the Fair at Flushing Meadows, we criss-cross the country to see the relics of the Fair, many of which are hidden in plain site.

For those who attended the Fair, After the Fair is a love letter to an amazing period in their lives, filled with innovation and wonder. For those who didn't attend, you'll gain new insight into why the Fair was such a big deal, and see how it touches your life today.

Tuesday
Apr222014

After the Fair now available for pre-order. Watch the first six minutes now!

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the '64-'65 NY World's Fair, we're excited to announce After The Fair: The Legacy of the 1964-65 NY World's Fair is available for pre-order.

As a special thank you for pre-ordering, we've created a collection of interview outakes, photos, and other goodies you can access online, exclusively for those who pre-order.

So join us on a journey through time, reliving the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, then take a fun look at how the fair still affects our lives today in everything from pop culture to technology.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the fair, we wanted to give everyone a look at the movie, so we're posting the first six minutes online: Enjoy!

 

Monday
Apr212014

Stop back tomorrow for a special announcement

Hi Everyone. I can't say too much just yet, but please stop back tomorrow (April 22) after 7AM ET for a special announcement regarding After The Fair.

See you then!

Thursday
Apr102014

Restoring views of the fair

As I've said before, one of the challenges in making this film has been gathering the photos,slides, and home movies of the fair itself. Once we get those materials though, that's only the beginning of the process to prepare them for the movie. Although time-consuming, one of my favorite parts of that process is slide restoration. 

deteriorating35mm slides can offer an incredible amount of detail, however given their small size, it doesn't take much of a scratch, piece of dust, or hair to ruin a good shot. Then there's the fact that these slides are now nearly 50 years old. In some cases, the slides after deteriorated or discolored through the years.

As I said, the process of restoring/cleaning these slides digitally takes a lot of time, especially when you have thousands of slides in front of you. At first, we planned on only cleaning the slides that made it into the film. However, the history that these slides represent is too important to not take this opportunity to clean and restore all of them. So, although it has added some time to getting the movie completed, I think it has certainly been well worth it.

Here's a look at the before and after of one slide of the British Lion Pub: