The Gates


1h 38m 2008

Brief Synopsis

Documents the decades long struggle for approval by the city and the final installation of 7,500 sixteen-foot-high gateways adorned in flying saffron fabric that stood New York's Central Park for sixteen days in February, 2005 created by the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

Film Details

Also Known As
Christo & Jeanne-Claude: The Gates, Gates
Release Date
2008
Production Company
Arte; HBO Network- Home Box Office; Hbo Documentary Films; Technicolor PostWorks New York

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m

Synopsis

Documents the decades long struggle for approval by the city and the final installation of 7,500 sixteen-foot-high gateways adorned in flying saffron fabric that stood New York's Central Park for sixteen days in February, 2005 created by the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

Crew

James Adolphus

Cinematographer

Michael Albright

Digital Effects

Michael Albright

Logger

Tansal Arnas

Production Coordinator

Andres Arredondo

Researcher

Susan Astwood

Assistant

Oscar Ayaquica

Other

Joe Beirne

Technical Supervisor

Laura Beldiman

Sound Department

Adrian Benepe

Other

Mark Benjamin

Cinematographer

Tom Bergin

Sound Department

Doug Blonsky

Other

Ben Bloodwell

Video

Joseph Borges

Assistant Editor

Eric Breitbart

Cinematographer

Jill Bristow

Other

Theo Burtis

Post-Production

Neil Calvanese

Other

Neal Calzanest

Other

Captain Andrew Capul

Other

Clare Casey

Post-Production

Al Cerullo

Helicopter Pilot

Michael Chaiken

Other

Ted Ciesielski

Cinematographer

Ric Clay

Field Producer

Jesse Cohen

Other

Sady Cohen

Researcher

Dierdre Corley

Music

Jonita Davenport

Project Director

Vince Davenport

Electrician

Vince Davenport

Construction

Colleen Delaney

Researcher

Gwendolyn D Dixon

Production Coordinator

Pat Donahue

Special Effects

Hayley Downs

Production Coordinator

Curt Eckman

Other

Hans Robert Eisenhauer

Executive Producer

John Else

Cinematographer

Mary Engel

Cinematographer

Morris Engel

Cinematographer

Eva Engman

Other

Jesse Epstein

Production Coordinator

Liz Fausak

Sound Effects Editor

Joel Fendelman

Production Coordinator

Joel Fendelman

Production Coordinator

Antonio Ferrera

Sound Department

Antonio Ferrera

Producer

Antonio Ferrera

Director Of Photography

Antonio Ferrera

Editor

Peter Fine

Other

Mike Fisher

Sound Effects

Daniel Frei

Production Coordinator

Beth Friedland

Visual Effects Producer

Bobby Friese

Driver

Susan Froemke

Producer

Susan Froemke

Sound Department

Paul Furedi

Consultant

Paul Furedi

Sound Designer

Paul Furedi

Sound Department

Paul Furedi

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Zelmira Gainza

Production Coordinator

Zelmira Gainza

Digital Effects

Zelmira Gainza

Logger

John Gardiner

Assistant Camera

Niclas Goldberg

Other

Carolina Gonzales

Cinematographer

Michelle Gorchynski

Production Manager

Allison Grace

Production Coordinator

Douglas Graves

Producer

Mimi Gross

Cinematographer

Caitlin Harris

Researcher

Deputy Mayor Patricia Harris

Other

Alec Hazikian

Production Coordinator

Lisa Heller

Supervising Producer

Jonathan Henery

Assistant

Scott Hodes

Legal Counsel

Judy Hoffman

Cinematographer

Matthew Hurwitz

Post-Production

Peter Hutton

Cinematographer

Michelle Jacoby

Production Accountant

Alison Jaffin

Other

Karina Jensen

Production Coordinator

Joseph Just

Sound Editor

Adi Kancharia

Production Coordinator

Michael Karas

Sound Department

Sarah Karas

Production Coordinator

Adam Kaufman

Other

Pat Kelleher

Editor

Raymond Kelly

Other

Sabine Kertscher

Associate Editor

Sabine Kertscher

Post-Production Supervisor

Theodore Kheel

Legal Counsel

Andrew Kirst

Sound Department

Andrew Kirst

Assistant Director

Ken Kobland

Cinematographer

Johanna Kovitz

Transcripts

Josy Kraft

Other

Jean-pierre Larroque

Production Coordinator

Robert Leacock

Cinematographer

Wolfgang Lerner

Cinematographer

Heike Lettau

Production

Kate Levine

Other

Jack Linn

Other

Jane Livingston

Production Coordinator

Rebecca Losick

Associate Producer

Rebecca Losick

Production Manager

Vic Losick

Cinematographer

Larry Lowinger

Sound Department

Christopher Lundy

Digital Effects

Jen Maler

Photography

Katarina Maloney

Post-Production

Anna Martemucci

Researcher

Igor Martinovic

Cinematographer

Sara Mayles

Sound Department

Albert Maysles

Producer

Albert Maysles

Director Of Photography

Philip Maysles

Sound Department

Rebekah Maysles

Production Coordinator

Chris Mccue

Foley

Chris Mccue

Post-Production

Chris Mccue

Production Manager

Tanja Meding

Associate Producer

Michelle Metivier

Production Coordinator

Peter G. Miller

Sound

Peter Miller

Sound Department

Jade Moede

Graphics

Patrick Morrell

Cinematographer

Tom Myers

Sound Department

Tracy Nayer

Digital Effects

Jennifer Nelson

Cinematographer

Sheila Nevins

Executive Producer

Eddie O'connor

Sound Department

Scot Olive

Colorist

David Park

Production Coordinator

Sara Pelligrini

Post-Production

Kit Pennebaker

Assistant Camera

Regina Peruggi

Other

Henrik Peterson

Assistant Editor

Henrik Peterson

Production Coordinator

Eric Pfriender

Production Coordinator

Roger Phoenix

Sound Department

Matthew Prinzing

Sound Department

Matthew Prinzing

Editor

Martina Radwan

Cinematographer

Brenda Ray

Sound Department

Dan Ricci

Sound Editor

Bob Richman

Cinematographer

Bob Richman

Production Assistant

Bob Richman

Aerial Director Of Photography

Dawn Rider

Logger

Dawn Rider

Digital Effects

Sam Rider

Production Coordinator

Ariane Riecker

Production Coordinator

Karola Ritter

Cinematographer

Julian Robbins

Post-Production

Chris Robertson

Music

Maureen A Ryan

Producer

Cristina Sancez-amyot

Production Coordinator

Wendy Shaffir

Production Coordinator

Megan Sheeky

Other

Roger Sherman

Cinematographer

Rick Siegel

Cinematographer

Joia Speciale

Cinematographer

Joia Speciale

Assistant Camera

Buddy Squires

Aerial Director Of Photography

Bobbie Thomas

Film To Tape Transfer

Cecile Thomas

Production

Jason Tschantre

Assistant Editor

Annie Venesky

Post-Production

Sylvie Volz

Photography

Wolfgang Volz

Photography

Marisa Vrooman

Field Producer

Dana Waits

Other

Nelson Walker

Cinematographer

Scott Wallace

Post-Production

Elliott Winick

Field Producer

Julia Wrona

Production Coordinator

Julia Wrona

Digital Effects

Julia Wrona

Logger

Win Ye Wu

Other

Masa Yanagi

Publicity

Vladimir Yavachev

Assistant

Vladmir Anani Yavachev

Producer

Ira Lvovna Yugay

Other

Film Details

Also Known As
Christo & Jeanne-Claude: The Gates, Gates
Release Date
2008
Production Company
Arte; HBO Network- Home Box Office; Hbo Documentary Films; Technicolor PostWorks New York

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m

Articles

Morris Engel (1918-2005)


Morris Engel, the director whose landmark film Little Fugitive (1953), was nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar®, and more notably, inspired an era of independent filmmaking by better-known mavericks such as John Cassavetes and Francois Truffaut, died of cancer on March 5 at his Manhattan apartment. He was 86.

Engel was born on April 8, 1918 in Brooklyn, New York to a family of very modest income. He became fascinated with photography as a child, being enamored by travel pictures he came across in brochures. When still in high school, he signed up for a $6 course at the Photo League and began roaming the streets of New York with his camera. He enlisted in the Navy during World War II and became a combat photographer, where he eventually found himself documenting the historic D-day landing at Normandy, France. After the war, he photographed for magazines such as Collier's and McCall's, and became respected for his work in photojournalism.

He met his wife, Ruth Orkin, also a noted photographer, in the early '50s. After their marriage in 1952, both Morris and Orkin expressed a desire toward filmmaking. The result was an innovative and daring film they wrote, directed and produced - The Little Fugitive (1953). The story, of a seven-year-old boy from Brooklyn named Joey (the wonderful Richie Andrusco), who believes he fatally shot his 11-year-old brother (Richard Brewster), and escapes to Coney Island to avoid punishment, was certainly modest in budget ($30,000) and execution. Yet for many film scholars, there was simply nothing like it to compare to at the time. Engel's capture of New York locations, fresh use of street sounds, hand held camera technique, and employing real New Yorkers as extras, made for something fresh and new. Indeed, when in 1959, both John Cassavetes and Francois Truffaut came onto the scene with their feature film debuts (Cassavetes for Shadows and Truffaut for The 400 Blows), both were quick to publicly praise Engel for starting an "independent" mind set for film direction.

Although Engel and his wife would create only two more films: the charming Lovers and Lollipops (1956), about a little girl who views the world of her elders with a precocious eye; and the lyrical drama Weddings and Babies (1958), regarding the pre-marital jitters of a professional photographer; their influence on Indie filmmaking cannot be overstated. After his wife's death from cancer in 1985, Engel did make two video documentaries, A Little Bit Pregnant (1993) and Camellia (1998). He is survived by a son, Andy; a daughter, Mary; two sisters, Pearl Russell and Helen Siemianowski; and a grandson.

by Michael T. Toole
Morris Engel (1918-2005)

Morris Engel (1918-2005)

Morris Engel, the director whose landmark film Little Fugitive (1953), was nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar®, and more notably, inspired an era of independent filmmaking by better-known mavericks such as John Cassavetes and Francois Truffaut, died of cancer on March 5 at his Manhattan apartment. He was 86. Engel was born on April 8, 1918 in Brooklyn, New York to a family of very modest income. He became fascinated with photography as a child, being enamored by travel pictures he came across in brochures. When still in high school, he signed up for a $6 course at the Photo League and began roaming the streets of New York with his camera. He enlisted in the Navy during World War II and became a combat photographer, where he eventually found himself documenting the historic D-day landing at Normandy, France. After the war, he photographed for magazines such as Collier's and McCall's, and became respected for his work in photojournalism. He met his wife, Ruth Orkin, also a noted photographer, in the early '50s. After their marriage in 1952, both Morris and Orkin expressed a desire toward filmmaking. The result was an innovative and daring film they wrote, directed and produced - The Little Fugitive (1953). The story, of a seven-year-old boy from Brooklyn named Joey (the wonderful Richie Andrusco), who believes he fatally shot his 11-year-old brother (Richard Brewster), and escapes to Coney Island to avoid punishment, was certainly modest in budget ($30,000) and execution. Yet for many film scholars, there was simply nothing like it to compare to at the time. Engel's capture of New York locations, fresh use of street sounds, hand held camera technique, and employing real New Yorkers as extras, made for something fresh and new. Indeed, when in 1959, both John Cassavetes and Francois Truffaut came onto the scene with their feature film debuts (Cassavetes for Shadows and Truffaut for The 400 Blows), both were quick to publicly praise Engel for starting an "independent" mind set for film direction. Although Engel and his wife would create only two more films: the charming Lovers and Lollipops (1956), about a little girl who views the world of her elders with a precocious eye; and the lyrical drama Weddings and Babies (1958), regarding the pre-marital jitters of a professional photographer; their influence on Indie filmmaking cannot be overstated. After his wife's death from cancer in 1985, Engel did make two video documentaries, A Little Bit Pregnant (1993) and Camellia (1998). He is survived by a son, Andy; a daughter, Mary; two sisters, Pearl Russell and Helen Siemianowski; and a grandson. by Michael T. Toole

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Winner of a 2008 George Foster Peabody Award.

Aired in United States 2007

Aired in United States February 26, 2008

Aired in United States June 2007

Aired in United States October 2007

Shown at Rome Film Festival (Extra - Other Visions) October 18-27, 2007.

Shown at SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival (World View) June 12-17, 2007.

Shown at Tribeca Film Festival (Closing Night) April 25-May 6, 2007.

Aired in USA on HBO February 26, 2008.