Henry Chalfant

Henry Chalfant studied at Stanford University, where he majored in classical Greek. Later he pursued a career as a sculptor, exhibiting his work in New York and Europe. He turned to photo and film documentation in order to do an in-depth study of hip-hop culture and graffiti art. Exhibits of his photos include the O.K. Harris Gallery and the landmark New York-New Wave show at P.S. l, and important galleries and museums in Europe. His images of graffiti on NYC trains were included in the Whitney’s exhibition, “An American Century.” His photos are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh. Through his company, Sleeping Dog Films, Henry co-produced and handled photo-documentation for the film, Style Wars, first shown on PBS in 1984. He is codirector of the newly released Style Wars DVD. He co-produced with Rita Fecher and directed the documentary on South Bronx gangs, Flyin' Cut Sleeves (1993), and produced and directed music videos for the rap group, The Latin Empire: "Puerto Rican and Proud" for Atlantic Records and "Asi Es La Vida", chosen as one of the ten best videos on International MTV in 1990. He recently completed The Carnegie Deli Presents, 'What a Pickle!' (1999), and is currently producing a documentary film, Grand Tour, based on film footage his father shot in 1931 while on a trip around the world. Henry co-authored the definitive account of New York graffiti art, Subway Art (Holt, 1984) and a sequel on the art form's world-wide diffusion, Spray Can Art (Thames and Hudson, London, 1987).  Born in 1940 in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, resident of  New York City with his wife Kathleen, an actress.  They have two children, David, a musician and producer, and Andromache, a set designer.


Elena Martínez

Elena Martinez received an M.A. in Anthropology and an M.A. in Folklore at the University of Oregon.  Elena’s Folklore Studies concentrates were in Latin American history and video production,.  She was also interested in material culture and urban folklore, so after internships at the Smithsonian Institution’s Folklife Festival and City Lore, she took a full-time position at City Lore in 1997.  As staff folklorist at City Lore: The New York Center for Urban Folk Culture (www.citylore.org), she is the primary fieldworker for Place Matters, and its sub-project, the South Bronx Latin Music Project, conducting interviews with musicians from the South Bronx, conducting photo and archival research, and producing public programs.  She curated the exhibition, “¡Que bonta bandera!: The Puerto Rican Flag as Folk Art,” which has traveled through the tri-state area, and co-produced the exhibition, “A Float for All Seasons: New York City’s Ethnic Parades,” at the Museum of the City of New York.  She is the Festival Coordinator for the People’s Poetry Gathering, a major 3-day festival which explores literary poetry's roots in the oral tradition.  As a student of Rosa Elena Egipciaco, a master in the art of mundillo, Puerto Rican bobbin lace and National Heritage Award winner, she has also worked with and organized programs pertaining to this craft.  She is a contributor to Latinas in the United States: An Historical Encyclopedia by historians Virginia Sánchez Korrol and Vicki L. Ruíz, and she is on the Board of Directors for the New York State Folklore Society and the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association.


Steve Zeitlin

Steve Zeitlin serves as Director of City Lore,  and received his Ph.D. in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in literature from Bucknell University.  He is the director and cofounder of City Lore, an organization dedicated to the preservation of New York City's -- and America's --  living cultural heritage.  City Lore works closely with New York’s diverse communities to develop strategies for validating and disseminating their cultural heritages. He also codirects the People's Poetry Gathering, a national poetry festival in New York City. Steve Zeitlin has served as a regular commentator for the nationally syndicated radio shows, Crossroads and Artbeat, and currently develops segments for The Next Big Thing, heard on public radio stations across the U.S. His commentaries have appeared on the Op Ed pages of the New York Times and Newsday.  He also coproduces with NPR producer Dave Isay the storytelling series American Talkers for NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday and Morning Edition. Prior to arriving in New York, Steve Zeitlin served for eight years as a folklorist at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and has taught at George Washington, American University, NYU, and Cooper Union. He is coauthor of a number of award winning books on America's folk culture including A Celebration of American Family Folklore (Pantheon Books, 1982); The Grand Generation: Memory Mastery and Legacy (U. of Washington Press, l987); City Play (Rutgers University Press, l990); Because God Loves Stories: An Anthology of Jewish Storytelling (Simon & Schuster, 1997); and Giving a Voice to Sorrow: Personal Responses to Death and Mourning (Penguin-Putnam, 2001). He is the author of a volume of poetry, I Hear American Singing in the Rain (First Street Press, 2002).  He has also coproduced a number of award winning film documentaries including How I Got Over; The Grand Generation; and Free Show Tonite on the traveling medicine shows of the l920s and 30s.   


Production Credits

Directed by
Henry Chalfant

Produced by
Elena Martínez, and Steve Zeitlin

Written by
Marci Reaven

Edited by
Crockett Doob and Benh Zeitlin

Bom 5
Tony “Peanuts” Aubert            
Ray Barretto                                        
Benny Bonilla                                     
Luis Chalusian                        
Willie Colón                                        
Roy “Grandmaster Caz” Curtis     
Sandra María Esteves
David Gonzalez
Carlos “Charlie Chase” Mandes
Orlando Marin
Jean Manuel Massenya
Luis “Track II” Mateo                                           
Louis Mercado
Clemente “Kid Freeze” Moreno                                   
Luis “Trace” Otero
Jorge “Fabel” Pabón
Eddie Palmieri
Angel Rodríguez       
Emma Rodríguez                               
Bobby Sanabria                                  

Scholar Consultants
David Carp
Elena Martínez
Bobby Sanabria
Roberta Singer

Associate Producer
Bobby Sanabria

Hazel Medina

Cultural Consultants
Raquel Cepeda
Jorge “Popmaster Fabel” Pabon

Mike Harlow

Additional Camera
Aran Fedor
Henry Chalfant

Mark Niedelson - Additional Cameraman for 52 Park concert
Gerald Prezeau - Additional Cameraman for 52 Park concert

Ryan Kennedy
Kenny Chin
Theo Carris

Francisco Latorre - Additional Soundman  for 52 Park concert
Ivo hanak - Additional Soundman for 52 Park concert

Jonathon Bell

Production Assistant
Alex De Leon

Additional Line Producer
Mike Harlow

Giovanni Lima

Crockett Doob
Benj Zeitlin
Adam Goldstein
Mark Landsman

On-Line Editing
Valkhn Films

On-Line Editor
Jim MacDonald

Post Production Sound
Harvestworks Studio

Sound Editor
Kenn Babb