Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Nightclub
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Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Nightclub
A lot have people have opened rock clubs for a lot of different reasons, but Larry Bloch is one of the few to have opened a music venue as a medium for social change. In 1989, Bloch and a handful of friends, none of whom had experience running a nightclub, opened Wetlands in New York City's Tribeca district, and as part of their business plan, each month a percentage of the club's proceeded were to be donated to a nonprofit Center for Social and Environmental Justice, with the annual payout often exceeding 100,000 dollars. In addition to the club's success as an avenue for… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"If you never twirled barefoot in the funky old club, Wetlands Preserved may be of limited interest, but it's a loving and thorough document of a small slice of rock history."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"Entertainingly builds a convincing case for the club's significance as a NYC outlet for the politically-conscious interplay of Americana rock, folk, and hip-hop."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"Dean Budnick's nostalgic doc never wants for feeling or a sense of purpose as it examines not simply how this niche in the New York nightlife came to pass, but what it represented and how its presence has since affected the world."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"A heartfelt tribute to a joyous anomaly in New York's nightlife scene."
‑ Jurgen Fauth, About.com
"With its carefully-chosen soundtrack, funky animation, and enthusiastic interviews, Dean Budnick's affectionate documentary pays apt tribute to Wetlands, a local landmark that closed in 2001."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"A vibrant account of a remarkable place that will find a warm home in the heart of just about any music fan."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Film Journal International
"A fitting tribute recounting rise and fall of Earth-friendly NYC nightclub."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"Wetlands Preserved is a fond account of the rising, thriving and eventual closing of the TriBeCa club known as the Wetlands Preserve."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"a useful time capsule - a generously baked history of a minor pop-culture institution."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
"You can't help but be impressed by how many great bands played through [the club] before it shut its doors, just days before 9/11."
‑ Edward Douglas, ComingSoon.net
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