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How to roll a cigar, Manhattan style How to make a hairpiece, Manhattan style How to make a noodle, Manhattan style Three short films about uniquely skilled people, doing surprising things in the worlds' most surprising city. Directed by award winning documentary filmmaker Bert Shapiro Spontaneous glimpses and light-hearted moments all make up rare insights into the lives of ordinary people with unique skills. An uncensored, un-glitzy chance to laugh, be entertained, and learn how people not ordinarily found on the screen have much to offer. THE NOODLE MAN Chinatown, Manhattan is a traditional village in the midst of the city, a tightly packed neighborhood of crowded, tortuously winding streets. In the heart of this urban "village" is the Hon Hop Noodle Company. "Duk" (Tung Tak Chiu) is the man for all jobs in this busy factory. Expressive, amusing, animated, Duk works at the many tasks Involved in the making of traditional Chinese noodles. Original music composed and performed by Peter Freeman. HAND ROLLED ON 29th STREET Working in a Manhattan storefront a group of "Tabaqueros" create a cigar every few minutes. The Latino men and women reveal their special skills to the accompaniment of the lively beat of a meringue. AN APPOINTMENT WITH MR. ROBERT Mr. Robert is shown in his New York City atelier making a hairpiece for a private client, and for the famous in the worlds of film, theatre and TV. A lighthearted look at the intricacies of weaving one hair at a time, perfectly color matched, in a study in sophisticated craftsmanship.


FESTIVAL SCREENINGS: THE NOODLE MAN *Bucks County PA Festival First Prize *Southside Festival, Bethlehem, Pa. *Hot Springs Documentary Festival *Anthology Film Archives. NYC New Filmmakers *Los Angeles minidv Festival *Santa Fe Festival *Cinequest Festival, Los Angeles *Rooftop Films New York HAND ROLLED ON 29th STREET *New Haven Festival, Audience Choice 1st Place *Zoie International Festival. *Philadelphia International Festival. *Rochester NY Festival. *Hot Springs Int'l. Doc. Festival *Rutgers Film Festival - Honorable Mention *Channel 18 Metro Arts New York City TV *NYExpo Festival, Jury award. *Int'l. Festival of Cinema & Technology London, Los Angeles and Toronto. AN APPOINTMENT WITH MR. ROBERT *New Haven Film Festival Audience Appreciation Award. *NYExpo NY Film Festival Jury Award. *15th US Film & Digital Video Festival, Rutgers. University 2nd Prize Kodak Award. *WYBE Philadelphia TV Screening. *Zoie Film Festival 3rd Prize Documentary. --Festivals

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