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Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Nightclub (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 14 March 2008 (USA)
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On February 16, 1989 Larry Bloch and a team of novices achieved something unique in a former Chineese-food warehouse just south of the Holland Tunnel in Manhattan. Not only did this ... See full summary »


Dean Budnick
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Credited cast:
Mabili Kregg Ajamu Mabili Kregg Ajamu ... Himself
Rob Barraco Rob Barraco ... Himself
Chris Barron Chris Barron ... Himself
Tim Barry Tim Barry ... Himself
Larry Bloch Larry Bloch ... Himself
Steve Bloom Steve Bloom ... Himself
Rob Bookman Rob Bookman ... Himself
Marty Bostoff Marty Bostoff ... Himself
Marc Brownstein Marc Brownstein ... Himself
Oteil Burbridge ... Himself
Edward Cisneros Edward Cisneros ... Himself
Aaron Comess ... Himself
Carole De Saram Carole De Saram ... Herself
Rob Derhak Rob Derhak ... Himself
Mike Doughty Mike Doughty ... Himself


On February 16, 1989 Larry Bloch and a team of novices achieved something unique in a former Chineese-food warehouse just south of the Holland Tunnel in Manhattan. Not only did this inexperienced collective open a nightclub in the mostly-underdeveloped Tribeca region but they created one that fused music with activism in an all together distinctive manner. Written by Dean Budnick

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Release Date:

14 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Bogota, New Jersey, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,736, 16 March 2008

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Won Best Unreleased Film at the 2006 High Times Stony Awards See more »


John Dwork: I'll remember Wetlands Preserve as a beautiful flower growing in a crack of concrete.
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Excellent Documentary
22 July 2008 | by aberdaberdSee all my reviews

This was an amazing film. I am a big fan of the Spin Doctors and have read about how they always played at the Wetlands. I would have liked to get a chance to go to The Wetlands, but I was just a baby when it opened and operated. It was fascinating to learn more about the club. Bands playing until 4 in the morning is just insane! It is a shame that this historic club and activism center was turned into condominiums. As Hootie and the Blowfish said: Doesn't New York have enough apartments?! Not only did Dean Budnick manage to gather footage and pictures from performances at Wetlands, he even got interviews with almost every single band that played there. I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Try and see it if you haven't already. And if you ever went to the Wetlands, it may bring back some great memories for you.



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