1844 Entertainment Announces the U.S. Digital Release of
I HATE NEW YORK by Gustavo Sánchez
An Engrossing Portrait of Four of the Most Revolutionary Women, Artists and Activists of NYC — Amanda Lepore, Chloe Dzubilo, Sophia Lamar, and T De Long—and a Love Letter to the City and Its Culture of Resilience, the Documentary Feature Premieres on VOD on Tuesday, September 1st
1844 Entertainment is proud to announce the North American digital release of I Hate New York, the documentary feature debut by Gustavo Sánchez that follows four of the most iconic artists and activists of the city’s legendary and bygone underground scene: Amanda Lepore, Chloe Dzubilo, Sophia Lamar, and T De Long. A favorite at numerous international film festivals, including San Sebastian, Raindance, Thessaloniki, and NewFest: New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival, I Hate New York premieres Tuesday, September 1st on digital platforms.
For over a decade, between 2007 and 2017, director Sánchez followed the artists and the activists around Manhattan’s rapidly changing East Village, capturing hundreds of hours of footage. He set his eye on the survivors of the underground scene that emerged in the late eighties and began to fade after 9/11.
I Hate New York is the result of intimate conversations between the filmmaker and his triptych of captivating and driven female artists and activists. In taxis, Tompkins Square Park, and impossibly small apartments, Dzubilo, Lamar, Lepore, and De Long, offer their unfiltered thoughts on everything from success and rivalry to gentrification and the utter pointlessness of nostalgia. These interviews are supplemented by commentary from the women’s fellow Village characters and creatives, including Bibbe Hansen, iO Tillett Wright, Katrina del Mar, and Linda Simpson.
With unprecedented access to these larger-than-life figures, executive produced by J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls), and featuring a potent soundtrack with the music of Arca, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto, and Sharon Needles, among others, Sánchez provides an engrossing cinematic portrait of four revolutionary women through their extraordinary stories and lives that have influenced younger generations of transgender artists and activists.
Released at a time when the city is poised for yet another transformation, I Hate New York is also a love letter that plays testament to the resilience of the inhabitants and the artists who’ve called—and continue to call—New York City home.
I HATE NEW YORK. Spain, 2018, 75 min. In English. Written and directed by Gustavo Sánchez; Executive Producers: J.A. Bayona, Fiona Vidal-Quadras and Carlos Bayona; Producers: Ricard Robles, Sandra Hermida and Javier Soto; Delegate Producer: Soledad Martínez; Produced by: Silent Soundsystem, Colosé Producciones and Gustavo Sánchez, with collaboration from Películas La Trini; Edited by: Jaume Martí and Gerard López Oriach; Sound Design: Leo Dolgan; Post-production: Moonlight. With Amanda Lepore, Chloe Dzubilo, Sophia Lamar, T De Long, Bibbe Hansen, iO Tillett-Wright, Katrina del Mar, and Linda Simpson. An 1844 Entertainment release.
About the Director:
Gustavo Sánchez (Úbeda, Spain 1978) is a journalist and filmmaker who lives in Barcelona. I Hate New York (2018), is his directorial debut, written, directed and produced over the course of a decade, with executive production by the director J.A. Bayona. At an early age, Sánchez began journalism career at Radio Úbeda (Cadena Ser), hosting his own radio program, becoming the youngest radio host in Spain. He studied Languages and Literature at the University of Granada and at the University of Aberdeen and holds a degree in Audiovisual Communication from the University of Salamanca. In addition to his journalistic and film work, he is a member of the team of Sónar, Barcelona’s arts, design, and electronic and advanced music festival.
About the Subjects:
Amanda Lepore. For the first time in history, the viewer is given access to the most intimate and unknown side of the celebrated model, actress, muse to David LaChapelle and icon of the New York night. The famous transgender diva of the New York scene is an authentic sculpture in movement.
Chloe Dzubilo.I Hate New York reveals the previously untold story of the leader of legendary punk group Transisters and one of the most important activists in the defense of the trans community’s civil rights during the most critical years of the AIDS epidemic.
Sophia Lamar. Actress, singer, model and true underground legend of the New York artistic avant-garde, she emigrated from Cuba during the explosion of punk in NYC and was one of the most famous of the Club Kids, exploring fashion, performance and video art.
T De Long. Rapper, DJ and activist for social justice during the era of downtown Manhattan’s widespread gentrification. This documentary gathers the most transcendental moments of her adventurous and hazardous life.
“Sánchez’s love for this scene and its inhabitants is clear
not just through the sheer number of years he spent taping his subjects
but how he curated the footage. He goes to great lengths to reveal them
not just as performers; they’re three-dimensional human beings
with backstories, private lives, and, at least for a time, futures ahead of them.”
–Phil Guie, Film Forward
“A remarkably vibrant depiction of a fiercely colourful side of the city’s nightlife.”
—Rich Cline, Gay Essential