Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Nightclub

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Released 2007

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2007
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Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Nightclub is a 2008 documentary film that chronicles the once thriving night club and music venue in all of New York City for over ten years. Formerly a Chinese food warehouse in Tribeca, the venue hosted some of the most famous acts of all time, including: Dave Matthews Band, Blues Traveler, Phish, and Pearl Jam. But the Wetlands was more than just a music venue, it was a place of social and political activism. For many it was a place that evoked spirit and community. This documentary film, through the avenues of unique vintage footage, interviews, original recordings, and digital animation, the life and essence of the once prominent social scene is recreated for both new and old audiences. The film tracks the lifeline of the first-ever activist nightclub. The film was met with much critical acclaim and won numerous awards including best documentary and best unreleased film.

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  • 75

    New York Daily News Elizabeth Weitzman

    With its carefully-chosen soundtrack, funky animation, and enthusiastic interviews, Dean Budnick's affectionate documentary pays apt tribute to Wetlands, a local landmark that clos...

  • 70

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    Crammed with colorful interviews, digital animation and live performances, this frisky and forthright film by Dean Budnick chronicles a vision of financing social progress with rea...

  • 70

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    Pays fitting tribute to Wetlands' unique rebirth of '60s idealism within a '90s urban setting.

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