He and Keif Roberts produced and directed “Peter Pan Bakery,” the hot new documentary chronicling the charm of a family-owned donut shop in the fast-changing Brooklyn, NY neighborhood of Greenpoint.
Peter went on, “When I looked at the dailies, I was blown away by the warm, nostalgic, look from the Digital Bolex D16 Cinema Camera combined with a set of vintage, C-mount lenses.”
“Too many people focus on the number of megapixels rather than how the image makes an audience feel. It's kind of a Spock vs. Kirk kind of thing.”
Peter went on, “The Digital Bolex D16 Cinema Camera helped us tell our story in a way that's hard to put into words, but the closest I can come is that the camera's image puts the audience into the story by its “filmic mojo.”And, if you like their documentary, let them know by putting something into their Vimeo Tip Jar.
“PETER PAN BAKERY” Peeks Behind the Scenes At Iconic Brooklyn Pastry Shop
From: Peter Pan Bakery Press Release:
The new short film “PETER PAN BAKERY” (dir. Keif Roberts & Peter J. Haas) examines locals who work and dine at the family-owned Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop, a long-standing establishment withstanding waves of change that are engulfing the Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint.
Pete Wells, New York Times restaurant critic, has called the shop a mainstay of New York pastry tradition:
“The fillings don’t go much beyond strawberry jam, and if they happen to be local, it’s strictly a coincidence. But when you… pine for something ‘old-time, from when a donut cost a dime,’ this is the place for you.”
The Polish-dominated neighborhood around Peter Pan is one of the latest hot points of gentrification. Many life-long residents are finding themselves forced to leave their neighborhood as rents skyrocket.
“Greenpoint was resistant to development, but now that’s changing. [Peter Pan] is an anchor to what Greenpoint has been over the years.” – Sven, 20-year Greenpoint resident, interviewed in the film.
For over sixty years, through waves of immigration and gentrification alike, the counters at Peter Pan has remained a consistent space for for coffee, donuts, and conversation.
“What’s beautiful about this place is that it’s half the people who grew up here their whole life and then you have the younger people coming into the neighborhood.” – Bob, 76, a Peter Pan regular who has earned the nickname “The Ambassador” for his ability to make connections.
“Peter Pan Bakery” explores the personalities inhabiting the counter space where old and new clientele mingle, painting an intimate portrait of the bakery as an unwavering neighborhood institution. The documentary is also one of the first films to be totally shot on the Digital Bolex D16, a reimagining of a classic camera for the 21st century.
Watch “Peter Pan Bakery” Online At: www.PeterPanBakeryFilm.blogspot.com
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)