THIS HOUSE MATTERS - A DOCUMENTARY


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Showing - October 23, 2016, YOFI (Yonkers) Film Festival, 66 Main Street, Yonkers @ 2:00pm


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Showing - October 16, 2016, Palisades Community Center @ 4:00pm


Nyack's Oldest House Matters: Watch Tina Traster's 'This House Matters', Review on Nyack News & Views, April 10, 2016


Tina Traster talking about "This House Matters" on WRCR 1700-AM talk radio, April 1, 2016.

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The 30-minute documentary, This House Matters, is a behind-the-scenes look at the successes and failures of trying to preserve and restore several English and Dutch sandstone historic houses in the the Hudson Valley.

This House Matters tells the story of four historic houses: the Abram Lent House, that was unnecessarily demolished to make room for a parking lot; the John Green House, that a preservation group is trying to save after successfully convincing a bank to donate it; the Seth House, that is being incorporated into a new housing development, and the Vanderbilt/Budke House that has been "saved" but sits idle as its potential as a cultural jewel may be squandered. What these stories show - and they speak to so many similar stories in the region and nationwide - is that preservation of 18th and 19th century buildings, buildings that evoke nostalgia and invite mystery and delight us, are in peril, and that the mechanisms for saving them are extremely tenuous. Concerned, passionate citizens try all the time to "rescue" and preserve these buildings, but ultimately, government - village, town, county and state - need to do more to save these treasures.



Nyack Film Festival, August 15, 2015
Tina Traster and Lennon Nersesian

 



The Abram Lent House, circa 1930.

The Abram Lent House, Orangeburg, NY
Erected 1752, demolished to make way for a parking lot, 2015.

The John Green House, built 1818, Nyack, NY.



The John Green House today, derelict and boarded up. Waiting to be saved.

Vanderbilt/Budke House, as a residence, early 20th century. Rockland County's oldest houses.

Vanderbilt/Budke House, West Nyack, NY.
Erected circa 1730. Waiting to be restored and preserved.


BIOS
 
Producer and Director
Tina Traster is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in scores of newspapers, magazines and literary journals including The New York Times, The New York Post, Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, The Atlantic, Redbook, Family Circle, Parade, Time Out New York, Audubon, Ski Magazine and many others. She is the author of the award-winning memoir Rescuing Julia Twice: A Mother's Tale of Russian Adoption and Overcoming Reactive Attachment Disorder. Since 2006, Traster has written the "Burb Appeal" column for The New York Post.

Contact Tina Traster at ttraster@aol.com.
Writer and Editor
Lennon Nersesian is the editor of the award-winning 2014 documentary Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro, about Desmond Child's ten-year journey to parenthood. Nersesian made his directorial debut in 2013 with the music video for artist Levi Hummon's first single, "Make it Love."  In addition to filmmaking, Nersesian is a published author of four novels and has written several award-winning screenplays. Nersesian won First Prize at the inaugural Fordham Film Festival for his short dramatic film, Repent, and he teaches a film lab at Sarah Lawrence College.