The Cazenovia Public Library will screen the hybrid “docu/poem” Blissville…An Investigation on Monday, October 2nd at 7:00 pm in the Community Room. The video was produced and directed by media artist Hank Linhart, with the support of the New York State Council of the Arts. Distribution and Exhibition funds were administered through the Wave Farm Media Arts Assistance Fund.
Linhart’s work brings to light a remote and often overlooked corner of Queens, NY. Blissville is the former name of the triangle bounded by the Newtown Creek, the Long Island Expressway, and the Calvary Cemetery. In addition to about eighty houses, the town includes the world’s largest fortune cookie factory; a company with the exclusive rights to make replicas of the Statue of Liberty; a sushi factory; an Afghan bakery; and a giant car crusher. With a dynamic mix of residents and industry, Blissville is extremely rich in nationalities and ethnic backgrounds.
Through street interviews, Linhart investigates the origin of the name Blissville and the character(s) of the town. The video highlights the resilience of a community made up of diverse residential neighbors living in close proximity with active industries.
Linhart will introduce the film and answer questions following the screening. Visit blissvillestories.org to explore further investigations into the Blissville area and hear other stories about communities.