On November 12th, PBS documentary Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream, with music by duotone’s Peter Nashel, premiered as part of an installment on PBS’s Independent Lens series called ‘Why Poverty?’, featuring 8 documentaries and 30 online shorts aiming to motivate thought, discussion, and solutions for poverty.
Park Avenue is an adaptation of Michael Gross’ non-fiction bestseller 740 Park by Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney. The documentary is praised for being “concise, factual and fascinating” and that it ”Takes a stark look at [the] dangerous, growing disconnect between America’s rich and poor” with a juxtaposition of 740 Park Ave, home to the largest number of billionaires in a concentrated area, and the delapidated, poverty-stricken Park Avenue less than 10 miles north in the South Bronx. The film shows how the rich continue to hold all the cards by using their money for political influence, and their attitude towards those that are not in their privileged echelon.
duotone composer Peter Nashel describes his process for this film: “Working closely with editor Chad Beck, I created an underscore that spoke to the glaring differences and exponential pace at which income inequality is widening in our country. The music throughout was character driven, which made for fun times when writing themes for the fat-cats of Wall Street. Swagger, bravado and nod to the rat pack at times was all included.”
Some names among those “fat cats” to make it onto the chopping block of this film include Sen. Chuck Schumer (with his slew of Wall St. connections), and conservative activist Ed Koch (known by the door men at 740 Park for being the stingiest tipper).
Check out the film that AETN says is “sure to inspire and infuriate” on Hulu now!