Brooklyn neighbors Steven Fischler and Joel Sucher founded Pacific Street Films in 1969 after studying under Martin Scorsese at New York University. During this time they had been filming undercover agents who showed up at protest rallies, and they themselves were harassed, photographed, and arrested. This experience became the basis for their first documentary, Red Squad, completed in 1971. Since then they have produced a series of nonfiction films illuminating modern American social history. MoMA’s Department of Film and Media recognizes the achievements of Pacific Street Films with a two-program, five-film retrospective.
Organized by Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator, Department of Film and Media.