I AM TRYING TO CONTACT SOME OF THE FILMMAKERS FROM MY CLASS. IF YOU WENT TO OTISVILLE OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO DID IN THE YEARS 1968-1973 PLEASE EMAIL ME AT deedeehalleck@gmail.com WITH YOUR PHONE NUMBER AND EMAIL ADDRESS.

From 1969 until 1973 there was a 16mm film program at Otisville School for Boys, an institution run by the NY State Division for Youth. Boys from the age of 14-17 were remanded there for periods up to 18 months. Many were just PINS (Persons in Need of Supervision is the states category) who had had fights with their parents or been truants from school. Other were there for drugs, robbery and even homicide.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Help Me Find the Young Film Makers!

The Otisville Film Club is discussed on this radio program.
http://lawanddisorder.org
I am looking to connect with the students who were the “young filmmakers”:

Jose Rodriguez, Michael Seabrook, David Vette, Kendall Smalls, Wayne Marciano, Kevin Browning, 
Edgar Beck, Richard Peek, Milton (Lefty) Diaz, Gabriel Esquilin, Raphael Chino Valle, Raymond Lee Alvarado, Darrell Johnson, Joe Pergolezzi, Bubber Pass, Walter Smith, John Spann, Edwin Cardona, Lovell Long, Carlos Santana, Darius Morgan, James Sims, James Norman, Mark Perrin, James Mitchell, Terry Ford, Carlos Varga, Edward Alicia, Fred Young, Tyrone Atkins, Eddie Quintero, Darius Morgan

If you have any information about these men (now in their 60s) please leave your contact information on the comments of this blog-- click on the little pencil at the bottom of this post. 
DeeDee Halleck




Monday, May 30, 2016

The Otisville Barbershop: HAIR




This film by Abraham Cardona (the Bloody Crime Crusher star!) is a look at the Otisville Barbershop where students were trained in hair cutting. He used the song from the Broadway show at that time that was very popular. Abe focused a lot on the long locks of the white boys who were at Otisville and whose hippy hairdos were taken off with little ceremony. Towards the end he shows the teacher’s (Mr Massonatti’s bald spot).

Sunday, November 8, 2015

This was the room at Otisville which was painted and organized by the students.
This is the installation in Catskill, NY  re-created by Claudia McNulty and DeeDee Halleck
This is the back of the post card announcing the exhibit
This is Geronimo. We hung this poster on the door in Otisville.
Geronimo hangs on the door of the exhibit also.
This is one of the Otisville artists and some of his work. The paintings were also part of the installation.
Photographs and text from my diary were also posted.
Raymond Lee Alvarado getting a shot of a pool game for Lefty Diaz’s film
Rodriguez and Browning writing the script for Get on the Good Foot
The titles were the 1950s style 3D ceramic ones.




Wednesday, March 4, 2015























You can see Geronimo on the door in this shot. Also a poster for the Young Lords. The poster says, "The doors are open to the people’s church” referring to the take over and occupation of the East Harlem church.