One October (2018)

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Filmed in October 2008 on the eve of Obama's historic election and an unprecedented economic crisis, this lyrical portrait of New York City follows WFMU radio reporter Clay Pigeon as he takes to the streets to talk to fellow New Yorkers about their lives, their dreams, and their relationship with a transforming city. As part of what he calls a "radio experiment," this transplanted Iowan roams the streets bearing a handheld recorder and a kindly probing nature: "Has he popped the question?" "When is the last time you've had a regular roof over your head?" "Do you love America?" These revealing interviews are woven between vivid scenes of New York's eccentric byways, which together reveal a city-and a nation-at a crossroads.

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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

A time capsule with easy, humanistic charm.

May 11, 2018 | Full Review…

The election, the 2008 financial crash, the sense that the city is becoming less habitable for the non-wealthy: This is One October's bracing context.

May 8, 2018 | Full Review…

It's Pigeon's sincere approach here and throughout the documentary that holds the audience's attention. His dulcet tone and affable manner allow him to get close to people, gain their trust, and encourage their openness.

May 7, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Warm, lively and provocative. A must-see for New Yorkers, young and old.

May 11, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

It elevates its simple premise by showing the resilience of the human spirit and the little moments that connect us all.

May 8, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…

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