Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Rock Club
Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Rock Club (2005)

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… More

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DVD Release Date: April 22, 2008
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Rafer Guzman

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.

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Nora Lee Mandel

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.

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Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine

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.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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.

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Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International

A vibrant account of a remarkable place that will find a warm home in the heart of just about any music fan.

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Kam Williams

A fitting tribute recounting rise and fall of Earth-friendly NYC nightclub.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Wetlands Preserved is a fond account of the rising, thriving and eventual closing of the TriBeCa club known as the Wetlands Preserve.

John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine

a useful time capsule - a generously baked history of a minor pop-culture institution.

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Edward Douglas

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.