San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The 2013 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival presents
the World Premiere of
IF THESE KNISHES COULD TALK:
THE STORY OF THE NEW YORK ACCENT
IF THESE KNISHES COULD TALK: THE STORY OF THE NEW YORK ACCENT (55 min. USA)
Directed by Heather Quinlan | WORLD PREMIERE
On the surface, 'If These Knishes Could Talk' is an exploration of the New York accent: what it is, where it sprang from, and how it's evolved over time. But scratch that surface and underneath you'll find that the accent is just a starting point to delve into a larger question: What does it mean to be a New Yorker? Is it the accent? The swagger? All of the above? And how much of that swagger does New York still have, now that its high rents are stifling the accent and paving over the grit? If this trend continues, the Big Apple's voice may be indistinguishable from that of any other large American city. And then what would it mean to be a New Yorker?
So we've gathered some accent experts, official and non, to weigh in on what it means to tawk the talk in a city that may be slowly trying to quiet the noise--from actors in the Throggs Neck, to wiseguys in Dyker Heights, to Puerto Rican abuelitas on Avenue D. In-between, we'll explore what the future may hold for the accent with the changing waves of immigration and the continued flight into the suburbs.