Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Nightclub Image
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  • Summary: Wetlands was one of the hottest venues for underground music in New York City. This former Chinese food warehouse just south of the Holland Tunnel hosted the latest up-and-coming artists in every musical genre. But it was more than just a rock-and-roll joint--it was also the first "activist nightclub," a place as devoted to environmental and political issues as it was to partying and great music. This entertaining and insightful documentary tracks the history of Wetlands, featuring interviews and concert footage with artists like Dave Matthews, Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band), Bob Weir (Grateful Dead), Phish, and Blues Traveler. (First Run Features) Expand
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  1. With its carefully-chosen soundtrack, funky animation, and enthusiastic interviews, Dean Budnick's affectionate documentary pays apt tribute to Wetlands, a local landmark that closed in 2001.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
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    Pays fitting tribute to Wetlands' unique rebirth of '60s idealism within a '90s urban setting.
  3. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    70
    An appropriately mellow chronicle of a Tribeca nightclub's lifespan.
  4. Crammed with colorful interviews, digital animation and live performances, this frisky and forthright film by Dean Budnick chronicles a vision of financing social progress with really great tunes.
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