Zeitgeist Films | Koch
Neil Barsky
Film Info
95 mins
In English
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Sound: 5.1 Dolby SRD
Rating: Not Rated

Former Mayor Ed Koch was the quintessential New Yorker. Ferocious, charismatic, and hilariously blunt, Koch, who died in February at the age of 88, ruled New York from 1978 to 1989—a down-and-dirty decade of grit, graffiti, near-bankruptcy and rampant crime. First-time filmmaker (and former Wall Street Journal reporter) Neil Barsky has crafted an intimate and revealing portrait of this intensely private man, his legacy as a political titan, and the town he helped transform. The tumult of his three terms included a fiercely competitive 1977 election; an infamous 1980 transit strike; the burgeoning AIDS epidemic; landmark housing renewal initiatives; and an irreparable municipal corruption scandal. Through candid interviews and rare archival footage, Koch thrillingly chronicles the personal and political toll of running the world’s most wondrous city in a time of upheaval and reinvention.

KOCH had its World Premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival on October 8, 2012, and opened theatrically on February 1st, 2013.

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New York Times obituary Feb 1, 2013

An interview with Neil Barsky in the New York Press.

An interview with Neil Barsky on the Eye for Film website.

“How’s He Doing: Ed Koch Stays in Spotlight Despite Health Woes.” New York Observer, January 23, 2013.

“Judging Mayor Koch’s AIDS Record, Whispers Aside.” New York Times, January 18, 2013.

“How Ed Koch Helped Make Nikki Finke a Reporter.” New York Observer, January 18, 2013.