Hang Up, a Short Documentary Exploring New York City's Disappearing Payphones

Written and Directed by Parisian filmmaker Hugo Massa, the 15-minute documentary Hang Up explores New York City's rapidly disappearing payphones.

Hang Up is a revelatory tour of the forgotten landscape of New York City’s public payphones through the lives of John and Mark. Each of them cares for these vanishing urban objects in an unexpected manner: John is the owner of one of the last remaining independent payphone companies, Mark a disinterested archivist who documents the last days of the payphone era. Their concerns and struggles remind us of a lost age of street communication and invite us to meditate on the effects of ever-changing technologies on our lives.

Massa created the documentary as part of his Graduate Certificate in Documentary Studies while attending The New School in 2014.

h/t Gothamist

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