Touching History; Harvard Square, The Bank and The Tasty Diner
Touching History tells the story of the recent re-development of Harvard Square's Read Block. The film combines interviews with archival materials to take the viewer through the hows and whys of the project, introducing audiences to the necessary, sometimes polemical, but always compelling relationships that exist between the public and the private sector. For Touching History, director Federico Muchnik interviewed Pete Ingram, president of the Cambridge Savings Bank, Charles Sullivan, chair of the City of Cambridge's Historical Commission, Peter Haddad, ex-proprietor of Harvard Square's famous Tasty Diner, and Easley Hamner and Mo Finegold, architects connected with the project. The film also features appearances by many Cambridge citizens, each with their story to tell, each with their point of view on the Read Block and the ever-changing face of the Square. It also features candid and entertaining sequences of life in the Square before and after the Read Block's re-development. At the film's core is the inevitable push and pull between conservation and development.
"Tightly knit" - The Boston Phoenix
Special Selection - 2005 New England Film and Video Festival