Posts Tagged ‘Jon Ullman’

Musical, book put Alexander Hamilton on history buffs’ radar | Chronicle Herald

Musical, book put Alexander Hamilton on history buffs’ radar | Chronicle Herald

BY Beth J. Harpaz | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS It’s a fine time for history geeks with a thing for Alexander Hamilton. A hip-hop-and-history musical called Hamilton — inspired by an 800-page biography — recently opened off-Broadway and is sold out for months. Fans of the man, book or musical can also visit a variety of […]


7/19/14: Catch C-Rock & Dyckman Fireworks @ Word Up Books

7/19/14: Catch C-Rock & Dyckman Fireworks @ Word Up Books

Come by to Word Up Books on July 19th at 7:30 pm to enjoy two documentaries based on the unique ways of enjoying life in Washington Heights, Inwood and the Bronx, C-Rock and The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co.. RSVP: Word Up – C-Rock and Dyckman Fireworks Documentary Screenings.


Uptown Video: What Is The Paradise Garage?

Uptown Video: What Is The Paradise Garage?

Paradise Garage may have closed in September of 1987, but the legacy it left behind spans generations. On May 11, 2014, a block party was held in front of the club’s former home in SoHo. The street was spilling over as thousands paid their respects to the Garage and legendary DJ Larry Levan. During its […]


Manhattan’s Illegal Fireworks, a Tradition of Boom and Bust | NY Times

Manhattan’s Illegal Fireworks, a Tradition of Boom and Bust | NY Times

By JULIE TURKEWITZ It was a few days before the Fourth of July, and the man known to his friends as Scruff was ticking off his final to-do list. A grocery run for steak and shrimp. A haircut. And more fireworks. History has shown, Scruff observed, that you can never have too many fireworks. All […]


Epic Fireworks Blog: Long Live Dyckman Fireworks!

Epic Fireworks Blog: Long Live Dyckman Fireworks!

The blokes over Epic Fireworks in the UK are “the biggest And best Fireworks blog in the world” and they recently showed our little film some love. Check out what they had to say below and please check out the film and share it widely… Epic Fireworks Blog The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co. is […]


The NY Times Says Watch Dyckman Fireworks…

The NY Times Says Watch Dyckman Fireworks…

We started the day with the super awesome news that our short film, The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co., got some love from the indispensable NY Times. Thanks to reporters Andy Newman, Annie Correal and Kenneth Rosen for including us in the New York Today daily roundup. See below for the succinct and superb breakdown […]


The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co.

The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co.

The wait is finally over. Our film, The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co., is now out. Filmed entirely on the 4th of July 2013, the short film is an inside look at the Independence Day celebrations Uptown. We enlisted a great group of local cinematographers such as Emmanuel “DJ Boy” Abreu, Emil Baez, Jose “Lozer […]


World Premiere of Dyckman Fireworks @ District 12 In Pictures…

World Premiere of Dyckman Fireworks @ District 12 In Pictures...

Photography by Emil Baez (@EBmagination)


Lighting it up | Manhattan Times

Lighting it up | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi A new independent documentary about fireworks is sparking controversy. Filmmakers Jonathan Ullman and Led Black chronicled Northern Manhattan’s most explosive night—July 4th. Last summer, when they were working on their feature length documentary, Nutcracker, people told them to come back with their cameras and capture something really memorable. The next night […]


Annual Upper Manhattan fireworks spectacular stars in new short film | NY Daily News

Annual Upper Manhattan fireworks spectacular stars in new short film | NY Daily News

BY Michael J. Feeney | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Every year in Inwood, people take to the streets to shoot off sky-high fireworks as their neighbors look on in awe. It’s a Fourth of July tradition in the neighborhood, and it’s getting a new life on film. A Washington Heights filmmaker will premiere his new […]


The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co.

The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co.

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Independence Day 2013; the Nutcracker Films crew was on hand in the Dyckman area to capture and document the magic and moxie of the 4th of July celebrations Uptown. We put together an incredible team of talented, young and local cinematographers that included Emmanuel “DJ Boy” Abreu, Emil Baez, Jose “Lozer […]


Get Yours: The Nutcracker Inc. Collection

Get Yours: The Nutcracker Inc. Collection

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Okay, so here is the deal. Jon Ullman of Trouble In The Heights fame and I are working on the definitive documentary on the infamous street libation known as the Nutcracker. The film is not just the story of what we like to call “modern day moonshine” but it is also […]


An Underground Drink Cast as a Film Star | NY Times

An Underground Drink Cast as a Film Star | NY Times

By ALEX VADUKUL A tall plastic soup container is filled with ice, over-proof rum, cheap liqueurs and fruit juices and stashed in a brown paper bag. Some money changes hands. What happens after that, at least for the buyer, can get blurry. The potent street cocktail is called a nutcracker. It is best known in […]


The Dyckman Beer Company – Una Vaina Bien

The Dyckman Beer Company – Una Vaina Bien

Words: Led Black – Video: Nelson R. Salcedo – 2nd Camera: Art By Dj Boy – Photography: Emil Baez – Sound: Ray Rodriguez This past summer, the usual Uptown Collective crew of Art By Dj Boy, Ray Rodriguez, Emil Baez, Jon Ullman and myself embarked on a pilgrimage to the brewery where Dyckman Beer works […]


indiegogo Spotlight: Help Restore the Morris-Jumel Mansion

indiegogo Spotlight: Help Restore the Morris-Jumel Mansion

Manhattan’s oldest house needs your help! Any home needs some TLC, but a 248-year-old house needs some extra care! Need: With your help we will raise $40,000 over the next 40 days to restore the exterior of the building. Not only would we like the Mansion to appear as welcoming as possible, but external restorations […]


Save The Date: 11/13/13 – Nutcracker Inc. Presents Meet The Filmmakers @ Word Up Books

Save The Date: 11/13/13 - Nutcracker Inc. Presents Meet The Filmmakers @ Word Up Books

Jon Ullman and Led Black will discuss their upcoming documentary feature film, Nutcracker Inc, and preview select clips. Beverages (ahem) will be served. The story of the enigmatic and elusive elixir known as the Nutcracker, the film not only explores the history of the illicit street drink but delves into its relationship with the Washington […]


As We Say Goodbye to Summer, Check Out Some Illegal Fireworks That Would Make Bloomberg Weep | Remezcla

As We Say Goodbye to Summer, Check Out Some Illegal Fireworks That Would Make Bloomberg Weep | Remezcla

BY Andrea Gompf Mayor Bloomberg and his special Fireworks Crackdown Division tried their hardest to bust every DL sparkler vendor in the five boroughs this summer – but from the looks of the video teaser below, that didn’t put a dent in Dyckman’s 4th of July celebrations. Executive produced Uptown Collective founder Led Black and […]


The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co.

The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co.

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co. from gogoPatience c+p on Vimeo. The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co. is an ode to the Fourth of July and summer. This is a look at how one neighborhood at the northern end of Manhattan celebrates the spirit and tradition of the holiday. For those […]


Vine of the Times: The 4th of July in the Hood

Vine of the Times: The 4th of July in the Hood


Catch the Official Nutcracker Inc. Trailer @ The United Palace Tomorrow

Catch the Official Nutcracker Inc. Trailer @ The United Palace Tomorrow

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) As you may or may not be aware of, I am working with Jon Ullman on Nutcracker Inc., which is the definitive, and only, documentary on the elusive and enigmatic elixir known as the Nutcracker. Well, tomorrow as part of the film and culture extravaganza at the United Palace, at approx. […]


The NoMAA Production Panel – The Recap

The NoMAA Production Panel - The Recap

BY Edgar Peña (@stayGFTD) Photography by Gary Santana I really didn’t know what to expect when I paced through the rain on my way to the Uptown Production Panel hosted by NoMAA. As I walked in I noticed a cheery crowd of emerging filmmakers, and established filmmakers, unaffected by the pouring rain, passionately discussing upcoming […]


Nutcracker Inc. Documentary Looking For Archival Footage and Photos

Nutcracker Inc. Documentary Looking For Archival Footage and Photos

What up, fellow residents of Uptown and Washington Heights! As most of you probably know by now, we are heavy into post-production on the documentary film, Nutcracker Inc. But what you may not know is that the movie is about a whole lot more than just a drink. It’s about a certain neighborhood, OUR neighborhood, […]


Behind The Scenes: Urban Latino X Rayniel Rufino Photoshoot @ La Marina

Behind The Scenes: Urban Latino X Rayniel Rufino Photoshoot @ La Marina

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) The stars must be in alignment for Uptown. On January 1st Word Up Books made its 60K pledge goal on indiegogo. Check! This coming Wednesday, January 9th at 10 pm EST (to be exact), MTV’s newest show Washington Heights will put our neighborhood on the lips, minds and televisions of people […]


World Premiere: Trouble In The Heights at the United Palace On January 24th

World Premiere: Trouble In The Heights at the United Palace On January 24th

gogoPatience c+p and Numeric Pictures have officially announced the date and location for the premiere of the much-talked-about independent feature film Trouble In The Heights! On Thursday, January 24th the United Palace (4140 Broadway at W. 175th street) will premiere Trouble In The Heights at 7:30pm (Doors open at 7). The dramatic thriller – driven […]

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