Andrew David Watson teamed up with his regular collaborator Mike Plunkett and the New York Times to make this beautiful short documentary about Sam Sambucci and his Willets Point scrapyard amidst the rezoning and ultimate “gentrification” of the industrial neighborhood.
“Across the street from Citi Field in Queens there is a hidden corner of New York known as the Iron Triangle. It’s a shantytown of scrap yards and auto body shops, flanked by three intersecting streets that form a triangle. In the morning hours, as people convene on the dirt roads while sea gulls flock overhead, the neighborhood of Willets Point seems a world away from what many of us think of New York City, with its upswell of luxury apartments and gentrification….” read the rest of the opinion piece here.
Picture Farm editor Winnie Cheung worked with the co-director Mike Plunkett to craft an edit that would feel both narratively impressionistic and as as gritty as the “Iron Triangle” itself for this Op-Docs episode.