There Were Always Dogs, Never Kids is a 24 minute documentary film about New York City's legendary video store Alan's Alley. Directed, edited, and produced by Alessandro Magania and Max Tannone, the documentary was shot a year before the store was forced to move out of its original location, to eventually close down in 2015.
As strange and stubborn as New York itself, Alan’s Alley video store had managed to keep up with changing times paradoxically by not changing much at all. Flickering its neon proudly since 1988 on a block of Manhattan’s West Chelsea, this madcap cluster of bizarrely arranged movies, fallen tags and candy machines was equal part salon, archive and cabinet of wonders, featuring a collection of 40,000 titles and serving a devoted clientele that spanned from celebrities to local prison inmates.
The movie captures the store and its charismatic owner Alan Sklar in the fall of 2012, as the increasing popularity of streaming media made its very existence a matter of survival. With his broad and unaffected taste, and his gift for sharing his passion, Alan had created a community more than a store, a place that only two years after its closing feels unfathomable amidst the affluence of present day Manhattan. But There Were Always Dogs Never Kids avoids indulging in nostalgia, content to simply serve as a testament, and ode to the spirit of interaction that still characterizes the people of New York City and its cinephiles.
Directed, edited, and produced ALESSANDRO MAGANIA & MAX TANNONE
Interview photography PACINO BING
Additional photography ALESSANDRO MAGANIA & MAX TANNONE
Additional still photography EILEEN WHITE
Sound mixerMAX TANNONE
Original music MAX TANNONE
Colorist TJ SEILER
Post production facility SUBVOYANT
Featuring ALAN SKLAR, BRION VYTLACIL, JULIA CAMILA JONES, BILL KUSHNER, BETTY HILLEMAN, MAY ELLIS, GEOFFREY SOKOL, MICHAEL OBERHOLTZER, JUAN O’NEAL, GERARD CORSINI, LESLIE WAGNER, RON AND ANNELISE LEBOW.
2017 - USA - 24 minutes
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A movie about New York's legendary video store Alan's Alley.