Rachel Shuman's One October playing at Maysles Documentary Center

Filmed in October 2008 on the eve of Obama’s historic election and an unprecedented economic crisis, One October by alum Rachel Shuman acts as a lyrical portrait of New York City as it follows WFMU radio reporter Clay Pigeon as he takes to the streets to talk to fellow New Yorkers about their lives, their dreams, and their relationship with the city. These revealing interviews are woven between vivid scenes of New York’s eccentric byways, which together reveal a city—and a nation—at a crossroads.

The film first premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

  Clay Pigeon interviews Stacie who is worried about the changes in Harlem. 

Clay Pigeon interviews Stacie who is worried about the changes in Harlem. 

ONE OCTOBER will have a weeklong theatrical run at the Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem, May 11–17, as part of their 10-year anniversary celebration. Following the screenings, there will be Q&As, panels, and special presentations with myself and various characters and filmmakers involved in both productions.

For more details and to purchase tickets, please click here.

  A wide shot of the vacant lot where Stacie is standing in Harlem in October 2008.

A wide shot of the vacant lot where Stacie is standing in Harlem in October 2008.

Rachel Shuman (director, editor, producer) is a documentary filmmaker and editor who has worked in New York City for twenty years. Her directorial debut, Negotiations. premiered at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival. She Directed Art, Architecture, and Innovation: Celebrating the Guggenheim Museum, which aired on PBS and is now on view at the museum. Her editing credits include various independent documentaries and nonfiction television, and she is proud to be a board member of the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship. Originally from Boston, Rachel received a BFA from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2004.

  That same corner lot is now home to the new Whole Foods in Harlem.

That same corner lot is now home to the new Whole Foods in Harlem.