Off Track Betty, a Lower East Side Story on 16mm Film

“Everywhere you go something is being changed. Something is being torn down; Something is being built up,” says Liz Ortiz-Mackes, the co-producer and casting director of the short film Off Track Betty.

Off Track Betty is a twenty minute film about a longtime resident of Lower East Side who realizes she no longer recognizes her neighborhood. Film Director, Clayton Smith explains that the film was inspired by the intense and rapid transformations taking place throughout the City. “This story is my way of giving voice to the people, artists, and workers who are trying to come to terms with life in this city we all love,” says Smith.

The film will be one of the last shot on 16mm film in the City due to discontinued film development services. 16mm is a popular and economical gauge of film typically used for non-theatrical film-making or low budget motion pictures.

Off Track Betty was shot entirely on location at Delancey Street and Essex Street in LES.

You can support post-production for Off Track Betty by visiting Kickstarter and following #TeamOTB on Twitter and Instagram.

Alexandra Hudson

Alexandra Hudson

Contributing Writer

Alexandra Hudson is 21 years old and is working towards a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a minor in Journalism. When she is not writing an essay or reading Harry Potter she enjoys running long distances and quoting movies.

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