The Park Film Project is a documentary about one of the most singular and culturally important city parks in America: Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York.
Unfolding over the course of one year, the film will explore the 526 acres of woods, waters, and meadows and the surrounding city streets.
The goal of a public park is not to be ostentatious in design or serve as a monument. A public park is a common ground to gather and enjoy nature. So it took years for the subtle genius of Prospect Park to fully dawn on us. The day was August 21, 2017, the day of the total solar eclipse. On display in the Long Meadow was a diversity of people and activities that was surprising even for New York City. There was a sense of community that we have felt before only in a few special places- these are the places we make films about. It was the last video arcade in NYC, Chinatown Fair, the subject of our first documentary, The Lost Arcade. It was the 1920s movie palace turned community arts center in our second film Friends of Wonder.
The Park Film Project, while a portrait of a place, will address larger issues of immigration and global warming. We will tackle these issues subtly through our characters’ stories and the story of the Park itself. In researching the history of Prospect Park we discovered the Park was integrated earlier than other parks in the city. It’s our goal to understand why. What about this park unites so many, what does it say about our relationship to nature. This story is much more than merely a nature film set in the middle of New York City, a portrait of a park becomes a portrait of America in 2019.
The Park Film is directed by Irene Kim Chin and Kurt Vincent, directors based in Brooklyn, New York.
Kurt and Irene’s debut feature doc, The Lost Arcade (2015), explores the diverse community at Chinatown Fair, NYC’s last old school video arcade. The film premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, receiving critical acclaim ( “wholly enjoyable”- The New York Times; “raw and intimate” - The New Yorker). The film opened at NYC’s Metrograph and San Francisco’s Roxy, screening at festivals worldwide and at MoMA PS1, the Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Museum of Chinese in America.
Friends Of Wonder (2018), is a Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett concert film, told against the backdrop of a community-run arts center in a historic movie palace in Jersey City. It’s a story about creativity, collaboration, and community.
Kurt and Irene’s narrative debut, How It’s Goin’ (2019), a short film shot on location in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, received a Vimeo Staff Pick, and premiered at NoBudge Live 21 at Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn.
Laura Coxson, PRoducer
Laura Coxson is a NYC-based documentary producer. She most recently produced Chef Flynn (Sundance, 2018) and The Proposal (Tribeca Film Festival, 2018); Iris (2015), directed by Albert Maysles; Paul McCartney's The Love We Make (2012) for Showtime; Muhammad and Larry (2009) for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series. In 2017, she was invited to the Impact Partners Producers Salon and in 2018 was invited to the Sundance Creative Producing Summit.
Christine Ng, Cinematographer
Christine Ng is a NYC-based cinematographer working in commercials, music videos, documentaries and narratives. Most recently she was cinematographer for the feature documentary Flin Flon: A Hockey Town (2017), and worked alongside cinematographer Bradford Young as camera operator for Central Park Five, the upcoming Ava Duvernay Netflix Series. She also photographed the Emmy nominated Nora Ephron documentary Everything is Copy (2015) on HBO. In 2017, Christine was cinematographer for Kurt and Irene’s documentary Friends Of Wonder.
David Kurlander, researcher
David Kurlander is an archival historian and editor focused on American architecture, corporations, and pop culture, 1960-1990. His ongoing multimedia historical project, Sutroid Towerists, explores architecture, art, and finance in “long 1970s” (1965-1985) San Francisco, with the 1973 emergence of Sutro Tower as a central point. David has crafted historical narratives with Museums (Harvard Art Museums, National 9/11 Memorial & Museum), publications (McSweeney’s, San Francisco Bay Guardian), memoirists (Sean Wilsey), and record labels (Interscope).