Mar 9, 2021 - Economy

Five youth filmmakers capture start of shutdown

Nellie Bernard with her grandson, Marcial Pilataxi.

Nellie Bernard with her grandson, Marcial Pilataxi. Photo: HBO

Fifty weeks ago, a community-based media center in Manhattan gave handheld cameras to five young New York filmmakers whose families were helping keep the city running during shutdown.

The impact: "COVID Diaries NYC," a 39-minute documentary available on demand beginning Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and HBO Max.

The filmmakers, ages 17–23, show what it was like to live with a postman, a bus driver, a home-health-care worker when the pandemic's first wave was pounding the city.

  • We hear the COVID cough inside a home as a dad gets sick. We live the mental-health trauma of parents and their kids. And we watch a restaurant manager get kicked out of the middle class.

"Covid Diaries NYC" is a DCTV production. The executive producers are Carrie Penner, Perri Peltz and Matthew O’Neill.

  • Disclosure: Perri Peltz and Matthew O'Neill are the directors and producers of "Axios on HBO," which is produced by DCTV.

See a trailer.

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