"Peers in on the conflicting and often raw emotions that surface as his family and community struggle with the realities of adulthood."
"The film succeeds with its gentle revelations. Slowly pulling back the curtain, rich and raw scenes expose the subtler issues of dependence. In addressing this, it breaks the myth of one-sided reliance."
"Remember how Ossie Davis's character in DO THE RIGHT THING was called 'Da Mayor' by everybody on his block? Here's a real-life equivalent: Mark Puddington, an Upper West Side teen suffering from multiple disabilities but much beloved by all."
"Sad and inspiring in equal measure, MAYOR OF THE WEST SIDE is a remarkable portrait of an unforgettable character."
"An extraordinarily compelling and deeply engaging human story."
- Ric Burns, Filmmaker
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