DIRECTOR: LYNNE SACHS & LIZZIE OLESKER
RUNTIME: 44 MIN
CATEGORY: EXPERIMENTAL SHORT
FRIDAY, MAY 3RD 2019
PROGRAM I, 7:00PM
LOGLINE: From class and race to women’s history and gentrification, filmmaker Lynne Sachs and playwright Lizzie Olesker craft an intimate sociohistorical portrait of an urban laundromat using the people who worked there for decades.
SYNOPSIS: In the 21st century, the laundromat has become a symbol of the aging urban community, one of its last units to disappear as gentrification fleshes its roots out across the neighborhood. The people who have been working there for as long as several decades are almost as invisible, perhaps only recognizable by paper-thin button-up vests or pouches stuffed with quarters. Interviewing and creating performances with several of these individuals, filmmaker Lynne Sachs and playwright Lizzie Olesker craft an intimate sociohistorical portrait of this former staple of urban life. While touching on issues of social class, race, and women’s history, Sachs and Olesker’s documentary avoids exposé to prioritize giving visibility to the people that are the lifeblood of this all-too familiar yet fading institution.