DIR: H. LINHART
This is a film about a remote and overlooked corner of Queens, NY. Blissville is the former name of the town, of about eighty houses - a triangle cut off by physical barriers from the rest of the city. In addition to the world's largest fortune cookie factory; there is a factory with the exclusive rights for making replicas of the Statue of Liberty; a sushi factory, an Afghan bakery, and a giant car crusher. Through street interviews film maker Hank Linhart investigates the origin of the name of Blissville, and the character(s) of the town. Along the way we discover a nearby Romani village in the 1930's. The village was the largest gathering of Romani in the US and was known as the "Gypsy Ellis Island". The village was razed to make way for a highway to the 1939 World's Fair.
Through its dynamic mix of residents and industry Blissville is extremely rich in nationalities, many people on the first rung of immigration.
The film is about the tapestry of daily life and the resiliency of a small town in shadows of midtown Manhattan. The vitality of the town speaks to small towns everywhere.
Blissville is more of a ‘docu / poem’ than a documentary.
Q&A with the director will follow after the screening.