Posts Tagged ‘Nutcracker Inc’

Uptown Fireworks 2017 In Pictures…

Uptown Fireworks 2017 In Pictures...

It looks like the Uptown tradition of setting off industrial grade fireworks in the streets is alive and thriving. In fact, from the looks of things it seems to have spread from just being a Dyckman thing to all parts of Uptown and the Bronx. As usual the UC was there to capture the magic […]


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


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, […]


A Toast To Nutcracker Inc.

A Toast To Nutcracker Inc.

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Our indiegogo campaign is now over but the filming of this movie continues. A new website for the film will be up soon. Since this is a groundbreaking project, I thought it would be cool to take a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of the definitive documentary on the Nutcracker and […]


The Nutcracker: A Documentary Rich in History | Prominence

The Nutcracker: A Documentary Rich in History | Prominence

When the desire to tell a story is prevalent and the history of that story runs deep, the opportunity to bring that story to life is manifested. Seemingly, all parts of the story comes together to weave a magnificent body of work that is respected and appreciated within a community. That desire must also be […]


Support Nutcracker Inc. – Only 4 Days Left

Support Nutcracker Inc. - Only 4 Days Left

There is now only 5 days left to our indiegogo campaign and needless to say we REALLY need your help. This movie is not just the definitive documentary on the Nutcracker but it is also a people’s history of our beloved Washington Heights. This has never been done. This film documents the last 20+ years […]


Crunch Time: Support Nutcracker Inc.

Crunch Time: Support Nutcracker Inc.

There is now officially less than 2 weeks left to our indiegogo campaign and needless to say we REALLY need your help. This movie is not just the definitive documentary on the Nutcracker but it is also a people’s history of our beloved Washington Heights. We have already captured some amazing footage as well as […]


Nutcracker Inc Needs Your Help!

Nutcracker Inc Needs Your Help!

Nutcracker Update #5 – Support! from gogoPatience c+p on Vimeo. Okay folks, it is now officially crunch time. There are only 20 days left to our indiegogo campaign and we need to raise some serious cash. As far as we know this is the only documentary on the Nutcracker and Washington Heights. We are in […]


Nutcracker Inc: This is Washington Heights…

Nutcracker Inc: This is Washington Heights...

Nutcracker Update #4 – This Is Washington Heights from gogoPatience c+p on Vimeo. INDIEGOGO DONATION LINK: http://bit.ly/Nutcracker_Inc Twitter: @NutcrackerInc FB: http://www.facebook.com/NutcrackerInc Check out the story that started it all: The Nutcracker Read the awesome story by Michael Feeney of the NY Daily News on our film: The modern-day moonshine of upper Manhattan Related: Nutcracker Awareness […]


Nutcracker Drink Means Business in New Documentary | Mass Appeal

Nutcracker Drink Means Business in New Documentary | Mass Appeal

Words by Boudicon Summer is raging in NYC but it feels like Christmas in July! Why? Cuz of the Nutcracker, of course. For the uninitiated, the Nutcracker is the new crack, the new moonshine and the new Viagra if you believe its hawkers and imbibers. Made with several spirits mixed with sickly sweet juices, Kool […]


July 4th in the Heights – The Recap

July 4th in the Heights - The Recap

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) BY Emmanuel Abreu (@EAbreuVisuals) The night smelled of gunpowder, fritura (fried food) and hookah. Explosions rang out into the wee hours of the morning that rattled eardrums and set off car alarms for blocks on end. The streets swarmed with folks, cookouts abounded and the music competed with the fireworks for […]

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