The second in a series of city symphonies. First, New York ( Third, Seattle (

"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

WINNER National Young Arts Foundation Merit Award 2014
OFFICIAL SELECTION Seattle International Film Festival 2013 FutureWave Shorts Program
OFFICIAL SELECTION Bay Area Youth Media Network Festival 2013
OFFICIAL SELECTION Catalina Film Festival Film + TV Market
FINALIST FilmConvert Cinematography Competition 2013

Music: Take Five by Dave Brubeck.

Edited and graded in Final Cut Pro X with FilmConvert (
Shot on a Canon 7D with a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8, Canon 17-55mm f/2.8, Redrock Micro The Event handheld rig, D|Focus Matte box and Follow focus, polarizing filter, and a Manfrotto 504.
January 15, 2013
© 2013 Miles Crist. All rights reserved.

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