Chop Shop

Chop Shop

For his acclaimed follow-up to Man Push Cart, Ramin Bahrani once again turned his camera on a slice of New York City rarely seen on-screen: Willets Point, Queens, an industrial sliver of automotive-repair shops that remains perpetually at risk of being redeveloped off the map. It’s within this precarious ecosystem that twelve-year-old Ale (Alejandro Polanco) must grow up fast, hustling in the neighborhood chop shops to build a more stable life for himself and his sister (Isamar Gonzales), even as their tenuous circumstances force each to compete with other struggling people and make desperate decisions. A deeply human story of a fierce but fragile sibling bond being tested by hardscrabble reality, Chop Shop tempers its sobering authenticity with flights of lyricism and hope.

Film Info

  • United States
  • 2007
  • 84 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • English
  • Spine #1067

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • High-definition digital master, supervised and approved by director Ramin Bahrani, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2006 featuring Bahrani, director of photography Michael Simmonds, and actor Alejandro Polanco
  • New program featuring a conversation among Bahrani, Polanco, actor Ahmad Razvi, and assistant director Nicholas Elliott about the making of the film
  • New conversation between Bahrani and writer and scholar Suketu Mehta on the immigrant experience in New York City and on film
  • Rehearsal footage from 2006 featuring Polanco, Razvi, and actors Isamar Gonzales, Rob Sowulski, and Carlos Zapata
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen

    New cover by La Moutique

Purchase Options

Released Feb 23, 2021

Special Features

  • High-definition digital master, supervised and approved by director Ramin Bahrani, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2006 featuring Bahrani, director of photography Michael Simmonds, and actor Alejandro Polanco
  • New program featuring a conversation among Bahrani, Polanco, actor Ahmad Razvi, and assistant director Nicholas Elliott about the making of the film
  • New conversation between Bahrani and writer and scholar Suketu Mehta on the immigrant experience in New York City and on film
  • Rehearsal footage from 2006 featuring Polanco, Razvi, and actors Isamar Gonzales, Rob Sowulski, and Carlos Zapata
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen

    New cover by La Moutique
Chop Shop
Cast
Alejandro Polanco
Alejandro
Isamar Gonzales
Isamar
Rob Sowulski
Rob
Carlos Zapata
Carlos
Ahmad Razvi
Ahmad
Credits
Directed by
Ramin Bahrani
Written by
Ramin Bahrani
Bahareh Azimi
Producers
Marc Turtletaub
Jeb Brody
Lisa Muskat
Executive producer
Peter Saraf
Coproducers
Pradip Ghosh
Bedford Tate Bentley III
Director of photography
Michael Simmonds
Edited by
Ramin Bahrani
Line producer
Kathryn Dean
Production designer
Richard Wright
Costume designer
Daphne Javitch
Assistant director
Nicholas Elliott
Production sound mixer
Christof Gebert
Gaffer
Mark Koenig
Sound supervisor
Tom Efinger
Production coordinator
Myrna Moncayo
Credit music composed by
M.Lo

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