This film explores the global issue of gentrification by discovering how trendy restaurants and bars spearhead the transformation of America’s most notorious skid row, the Bowery. For over a century, the Bowery was infamous for its 200 crumbling flophouses teeming with forgotten and addicted men, criminal gangs and violent bars. But within the last few years, the Bowery quickly changed to a neighborhood of hip restaurants and million dollar lofts. Through lively interviews, rare archival film and contemporary footage, “Bowery Dish” captures this volatile process as it develops in an entertaining and informative style.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Kevin R. Frech is an award-winning director and screenwriter. He holds a B.F.A. from The School Of The Art Institute of Chicago. Mr. Frech directed, edited and co-produced "Not Like In The Movies," a feature-length documentary on mentally ill “outsider” artists working in New York City. The film won an award of merit from the Chicago International Film Festival in 1995 and was screened at the American Psychological Association annual meeting in Washington, D.C. in 2000. Mr. Frech’s award-winning screenplay “On The Borderline” was filmed by World International Network and released by Lion’s Gate Releasing. The film stars Marley Shelton, Elizabeth Pena, R. Lee Ermey, and Eric Mabius.