Public relations man Dan Klores (pictured),
who counts among his 100 clients Jennifer Lopez and choreographer
Mark Morris, seemed relaxed and accessible at a screening of
his first film, the documentary "The Boys of 2nd Street
Park" at Brooklyn College on Sept. 19.
Shot on digital video, the film is a look at the various paths his friends took after leaving the security of their beloved basketball skirmishes on a court in 1950s Brighton Beach.
"I grew up in a different time," Klores, 53, told GO Brooklyn. "There was an innocence in Brooklyn in the early ’50s and ’60s."
Indeed his film begins as a romantic look at Brooklyn - who knew the borough had a thriving counter culture scene on the boardwalk? - until life happens to his subjects.
Among the more engrossing threads of this gang of guys is a high school romance between Steve Satin and Madelyne Ryderband, whose marriage quickly dissolves under the influence of drugs and commune-style free love.
Klores credits actors Linda Fiorentino and Peter Boyle and editor Paul Barnes among others as being "unbelievably gracious with their opinions," in helping him to shape his first film.
"It’s a very bittersweet story of love and loss," said Klores. "The last thing in the world it’s about is basketball."
Klores, who is himself conspicuously absent from the film, stayed to answer questions from the college kids despite technical difficulties which postponed the screening for an hour.
"The Boys of 2nd Street Park" will be screened at BAMcinematek (30 Lafayette Ave. at Ashland Place in Fort Greene) Sept. 29 at 4:30, 6:40 and 9:30 pm and Sept. 30 at 4:30, 6:50 and 9:10 pm. Tickets are $10. For more information, call (718) 636-4100 or visit the Web site at www.bam.org.
The film will also be aired on Showtime Sept. 28 at 8 pm.