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Flyin' Cut Sleeves NYC 70's Bronx Youth Gangs Documentary Savage Skulls Ghetto Brothers | SeMeN SPeRmS SuPeR SiTe
Produced and directed by Henry Chalfant and Rita Fecher Completed in 1993 Flyin' Cut Sleeves presents alternating portrayals, from the past and the present, of former street gang presidents in the Bronx: Benjy Melendez, The Ghetto Brothers, Ben Buxton, The Savage Nomads, Nelly "China" Velez, The Savage Nomad Girls, Felipe "Blackie" Mercado, The Savage Skulls, and Lorine Padilla, Blackie's wife. The project grew out of the experiences of Rita Fecher, the film's co-producer, who taught in a South Bronx school in the late 1960′s and early 1970′s, became intimately involved with the gangs, their leaders, and the leaders' families and began to document their lives. Their world was the streets, set against a backdrop of uprooted families, cultural alienation, drugs and violence. Neighborhood teenagers responded by organizing into street groups known to the members as "families", but labeled in the most alarming terms as violent gangs by the press. In fact, the "families" had a stabilizing