The first in a series of city symphonies. Second in the series: San Francisco (vimeo.com/57508140). Third, Seattle (vimeo.com/66702557). Fourth, Hong Kong (vimeo.com/154109778). Fifth, Prague (vimeo.com/155171314).
An experimental "city symphony" genre film inspired by Paul Strand's Manhatta, City Series: New York captures the vastness and scale of this amazing city as it transforms from day to night. It blends recognizable and well-known locations with more personal, abstract, and poetic images. The film is set to instrumental ambient music that has intentional pauses, creating spaces between an array of contrasting and eclectic images of both nature and the immense built environment of New York City.
WINNER Young Arts 2013 Cinematic Arts Merit Award
WINNER Scholastic Art and Writing Awards 2013 Film/Animation Honorable Mention
OFFICIAL SELECTION San Luis Obispo International Film Festival 2013 Filmmakers of Tomorrow Showcase
"In the the 1920s the movies were still relatively young, and an evolving modernist aesthetic embraced all things new, sleek, fast, and urban. Not surprisingly, a common focus of the cinematic avant-garde during this era was on the power, and excitement of cities. In both Europe and the US, a small genre of films that became know as 'city symphonies' attempted to capture the spirit, uniqueness, and poetry of a city by assembling images of everyday life in that city. These early films and their offsprings often utilized what film historian Bill Nichols has termed the 'poetic mode' of documentary film production--an attempt to move away from the 'objective' reality of a given situation or people in order to grasp at an inner 'truth' that can only be conveyed by poetical manipulations of mood, tone, time, and space."
-University of California Berkeley Media Resources Center
Music: Shot In the Back of the Head by Moby. Licensed through Mobygratis.
4 MINUTES | COLOR | 2.35:1 | DOLBY DIGITAL STEREO
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