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Astor Barber All-Stars



United States, 2013, hdvcam - Color - 70 minutes

DIRECTED BY:
Karen Gehres

CAST:
Vezza Family and over 50 barbers and clients

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Karen Gehres,Tim Newman,Yahel Herzog

MUSIC:
MOO!

SOUND:
Karen Gehres,Brett Hammond

PRODUCER:
Karen Gehres

STORY DESCRIPTION:

With so many NYC Institutions dropping like flies, due to skyrocketing rent ,one barber shop remains. Since 1939, Astor Barber has been cutting hair with pizzaz and is still one of NYC's most loved institutions. Get your hair cut from cradle to grave...literally! The Vezza family, their loyal customers and over 50 stylists working at Astor will show why this 3 generation family owned business attracts 'em all. It’s a story of endurance and a family ,it’s employees and customers that stuck together against the odds in NYC.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Gehres received her B.F.A. in painting from Parson's School of Design. She supported herself by selling her paintings on the streets of Soho and her murals have adorned walls of New York City Public schools and the now demolished 42nd Street Project. While working at Film/Video Arts, given access to equipment, Karen began shooting her first feature-length documentary,BEGGING NAKED. It received a Ford Foundation Grant and went on to be a festival favorite.Roger Ebert became a real champion for the film,inviting it to his own Ebertfest. The Library of Congress selected it for a rare honor - inclusion in its motion picture division's permanent collection. She is now a Field Producer/Director for film and television.

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