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Our City Dreams -- Filmed over the course of two years, Our City Dreams is the story of a woman's struggles and successes as an artist in New York City.
Our City Dreams -- Filmed over the course of two years, Our City Dreams is the story of a woman's struggles and successes as an artist in New York City.

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A portrait of five women artists working and living in New York City today.
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Marina Abramovic ... Marina Abramovic
Ghada Amer ... Herself
Caledonia Curry ... Swoon (as Swoon)
Kiki Smith ... Kiki Smith
Nancy Spero ... Nancy Spero
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Directed by
Chiara Clemente 
 
Produced by
Chiara Clemente .... producer
Eva Lindemann .... associate producer
Tanya Selvaratnam .... producer
Bettina Sulser .... producer
 
Original Music by
Thomas M. Lauderdale  (as Thomas Lauderdale)
 
Cinematography by
Chiara Clemente 
Antonio Sanchez 
Shane Sigler 
Theo Stanley 
 
Film Editing by
Marty Levenstein 
 
Art Direction by
Nathan Kilcer 
 
Sound Department
Ron Bochar .... sound re-recording mixer
Nicholas Renbeck .... supervising sound editor (as Nick Renbeck)
Nicholas Renbeck .... supervising sound editor
Lidia Tamplenizza .... dialogue editor
 
Editorial Department
John Dowdell .... HD Colorist
Russell Greene .... assistant editor
Peter Heady .... digital intermediate finishing artist
Jean Lane .... digital intermediate producer
Melody London .... editorial supervisor
Antonio Sanchez .... additional editor
Chad Sipkin .... additional editor
Tim Spitzer .... digital intermediate supervisor
 
Music Department
Susan Jacobs .... music supervisor
Albert Thrower .... music consultant
 

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
fair-to-middling documentary, 25 October 2009
Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States

The documentary "Our City Dreams" profiles five visual and performance artists - Swoon, Ghada Amer, Kiki Smith, Marina Abramovic and Nancy Spero - who have their homes and studios in New York City. Each of them comes from a different part of the world and each is at a different stage of her career and life. Director Chiara Clemente spends not much more than a few moments with each of the women as they dabble in their work and chat about their backgrounds, the struggles they've had to overcome as women artists, and their individual views on art.

"Our City Dreams" is probably of greatest interest to those who already have a degree of familiarity with some or all of the movie's subjects. For the run-of-the-mill disinterested observer, on the other hand, the movie will likely hold far less fascination. The problem may lie in the overreaching nature of the film which doesn't allow us to get to know as much about these women as we would if the film featured only one or two of them, say, instead of all five. Individually, they certainly seem like lovely people but they tend to subtract from - rather than add to - one another when lumped together as a group. That's not to say that there aren't some lyrical and poignant moments woven throughout the film; it's just that we don't feel we learn all that much about their art - or the influences on their art - in the short time we get to spend with them. In fact, the movie doesn't even really explore how New York City itself inspired or informed much of their output as artists, which is, we presume - at least judging from the title - the intended purpose and goal of the film.

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