Video Review: 3rd Party “Love Is Alive”

Lit in sea green, several police officers get out of their car. Typed on the screen reads that in New York City, parties have been criminalized. People have resorted to opening clubs in the sewers.

People dance in front of a viewfinder. A young woman holds a beige ball. With one hand, Maria holds onto the barricade. In her arms, she carries her dog.

The police crouch at their sewer. One man points. Maria opens the gate and walks to the security guard. He holds her dog. Amidst the white flashing lights, Maria crawls on the dance floor. A second young woman with pigtails and carrying a doll runs down the hallway. She is turned away by the guard.

A man squeezes a pipe and opens his mouth for a few drips of water. People hang out by the speakers. At the view finder, Elaine and Karmine meet Maria’s eyes. They tap their feet as they wait for Maria. Maria dances with them. The security guard points his bald head to the view finder.

The police start to drill. A pair of headphones lies on the pavement.

Rating: 1/5

At the beginning of the millennium, parties were outlawed. Any person caught with beer or playing loud music was cited. Police patrolled the city, wearing special headphones allowing them to hear distant music.

Op-eds in the newspaper called for the repeal for the law, stating a new Prohibition was now going on in secret in area cities. Young people partied and drank as a form of protest. Older people stayed inside their homes, silent, fearing arrest and discouraged their families from coming over. Restaurants and bars began to close.

Some people broke the law out in the open, saying it wouldn’t keep them from their families.  They were promptly arrested. The young people continued to fight as they danced in the sewers. Although the police knew what was happening, they didn’t know how to solve it.

The economy crashed. Crime was up. People were bored and lashing out. Families and friends were being torn apart. Prisons were overcrowded. On television a year later, the President of United States announced that it was no longer a crime to go to a club.

Director: N/A Year: 1997

Pam Avoledo Administrator
Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her poetry has been published in the White Wall Review and 45 Magazine.

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