Niagara Gazette —
A reviewer from The SanFrancisco Chronicle wrote: “It’s worth putting on a parka to savor the best moments of Niagara Falling.” There’s a stunning sequence that sends (two dancers) tussling aloft with a small aluminum boat, while the falls churn behind them. Their final ascent into the dinghy seems like a heroic act.”
Kreiter says the project is not just about Niagara Falls and the worst parts of SanFrancisco, but rather provides images of what is thriving and what is collapsing in the urban landscape, with a view toward inspiring audiences to imagine possibilities for civic regeneration.
The idea is rescue she said, noting that industrial chain hoists haul the dancers up the side of the wall to swim against the force of the falls and against the Pacific Ocean’s massive swells. Drawing parallels between San Francisco and the city of Niagara Falls, the event depicts the human faces affected by the fracturing American dream, she said.
The team behind “Niagara Falling” is hoping to find a way to bring their event to Niagara Falls. Meantime, Hodge speaks like the native he is when he says his hope for his original documentary, “Niagara Falling,” is that it can be shown in other cities where there are people who might be able to assist Niagara Falls with its reconstruction. He and his wife are also publishing a book with essays and photos on “Niagara Falling.” And much like those still living in the city itself, they are continuing to work on the idea of its reconstruction and renovation.
“Our hope is to do another film with a much more hopeful message, about the notion of rebuilding,” he said. “We’re just starting to work on that.” To view or learn more about any of the Hodges projects visit www.davidandhijin.com.
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