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!
One of the things we want to highlight about the legacy of the fair is the profound impact it had on the lives of people after the fair ended. For some, the fair led to new, lasting friendships. For others, it guided career choices far off in the future. For Thomas Weakley, it led to a life-long interest in travel.
Weakley worked at the fair, starting in May of 1964. He worked at the Sinclair Dinoland exhibit. By the second season of the fair, his responsibilities included serving as a host/guide for V.I.P. visitors. He had a chance to see parts of the fair not seen in public: the secret lounges at each exhibit, and "backdoor" entrances, allowing V.I.P. guests to skip the lines that were such a big part of the fair.
The thing that stayed with Weakley though, was his exposure to a wide swath of cultures and art from around the world. While he's travelled to 30 countries, Weakley still ranks his experience at the fair, as one of the top five experiences in his life. For a kid from Indiana, the New York World's Fair served as a gateway to lands never imagined.
Here's a clip from our interview with him:
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.
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!