Been Rich All My Life
From Harlem’s Golden Age: The Divas Who Won’t Stop Dancing! They filled the dance halls of Harlem in its golden age, performing at the famed Apollo Theater and Cotton Club with legendary bandleaders like Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. They led the first strike by African American performers when they walked out of the Apollo [...]
I remember now, we never danced, I miss you, goodbye
The shimmering light of everyday movement weaves into a dance of memory and loss.
In this musical, an East African MC, Balozi Dola, wanders into a Bronx barbershop on his pilgrimage to find “the real hip-hop.” The barber, hip-hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash’s original partner DJ Easy Mike, calls out Grand Master Caz, who spits a rhyme on how we are in the place of hip-hop’s origins. Shop sweeper DOA [...]
Patterns emerge through this collection of reflection on the New York subway line. In the absence of physical space, distance is found in thought. Private moments connect in a conversation of looks as a fictional narrative forms. It is set to a Miles Davis score.
Different Branches, Same Tree
DIFFERENT BRANCHES, SAME TREE explores the ways in which race, culture, family background, environment, and media influence individuals’ personalities, characters, and identities.
A Spoonful of Sugar
A Brooklyn teen hides an important secret while on a quest for intimacy and inclusion. Some secrets we should tell. Some questions we should ask.
Meet Eva and Adamo, an ordinary bickering, elderly couple who have an unusual way of working out their disagreements — they bring them to the dance floor! TANGO OCTOGENARIO tells its story in a manner that treads the line between grim reality and fairy tale, creating a world where mundane spats and music emanating from [...]
Is it possible to hold on to your dignity in the face of ultimate human struggle? Cold, hungry, and humiliated illegal Georgina immigrants from the former Soviet Union fight for their survival on the streets of Brooklyn, New York.
THE AQUARIUM was filmed in high-definition video in Alaska; Mystic, Connecticut; and New York City and contrasts the views of the primal arctic landscape with the claustrophobia of captured sea mammals living in aquariums. The work looks beyond the spectacle of an aquarium to the reality of progressive destruction of these animals’ habitat. It is [...]
Native New Yorker
This silent documentary with an original score was filmed through the eye of a 1924 hand-crank spring-wound Cine-Kodak camera. This film features Terry “Coyote” Murphy representing the Native American influence on the island of Manhattan. Coyote, a shaman trail scout, takes a journey that transcends time, weaving from Inwood Hill Park (where the island was [...]