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Episode 8: The only night club open during lockdown

Take an immersive look behind the scenes of nonficton storytelling.

Samuel Vladimirsky

July 13th, 2023
Episode 8: The only night club open during lockdown

When Covid-19 shut down clubs around the world, filmmaker Aurora Brachman found community in Club Quarantine, a queer dance party that took place every night over Zoom. Brachman soon became a regular, and spent two months interviewing her fellow partygoers-turned-friends for “Club Quarantine”, a raw, vulnerable portrait of intimacy and connection at a moment when it felt impossible.


Featuring: Aurora Brachman

Series Producer: Sam Vladimirsky

Editors: Dylan Chant, Jake Price, Sam Vladimirsky

Animator: Tricia Cenit

Executive Producer: Sky Dylan-Robbins

Footage Courtesy of The New York Times

The Playback is a digital series from the Video Consortium that takes viewers behind the scenes of their favorite nonfiction storytelling, from feature documentaries to The Washington Post's viral TikTok account. Each episode explores a different element of the craft and new episodes are released every other Thursday.

Sam Vladimirsky is a filmmaker & artist whose hunger for a good story has taken him through the underground tunnels beneath the Met, inside the homes of New Yorker cartoonists, and onto remote farms, developing cities, gun ranges, catacombs, and costume shops. A New Jersey native, he is an advocate for the tiny but mighty team, and collaborative storytelling that is fearless and uncompromising. His work has appeared on PBS, Vogue, the British Journal of Photography & more. Most recently, he served as the creative marketing director at the Academy Award®-winning Breakwater Studios. In his previous incarnations, Sam directed documentary shorts for The Billboard Creative, co-taught archaeology at the Dalton School, worked in MoMA’s photography department, and served on the education team at the Met. He graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in History and French and earned an M.A. in Art History from University College London.

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