|IT'S MY PARK: NEW YORK STATE PAVILION|
The New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park was built nearly 50 years ago as a beacon for the Empire State's bright future. Despite the original intention of Governor Nelson Rockefeller who commissioned legendary architect Philip Johnson to build a temporary exhibition representing the State at the 1964-65 World's Fair, it has become a lasting and iconic landmark. Part of the structure has since been converted to a popular venue where an eclectic mix of live performances are staged, but the familiar towers, visible even from airplanes and recognizable from the film 'Men in Black' have weathered poorly, and their own future remains uncertain.
Adrian Sas is a documentary filmmaker interested in the connection between people and place. She created the long-running series "It's My Park" for public television. Now in its eighth season, the show explores the urban landscape and the people who enrich it by engaging with public space and community. Adrian was born and raised in New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in film studies from Columbia University and a Masters of Arts in urban studies from Manchester Metropolitan University (United Kingdom) and Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture of Helsinki (Finland). Her work is broadcast on public television in New York. It has been screened internationally at The Jackie Clarke Collection in County Mayo, Ireland and domestically at the BMW Guggenheim Lab. Adrian's short form documentaries have also appeared on the Yankee Stadium Jumbotron, HBO, NYC Taxi Cabs, and on numerous blogs including the New York Times Cityroom.