directed and produced by Bill Brand and Ruth Hardinger
I'M A PILOT LIKE YOU was shot July, 1999 inside and outside 20 North Moore Street where John and Carolyn Kennedy lived. Ruth Hardinger, a sculptor, is a 1st floor resident in this building and was unwittingly trapped by the media frenzy and the public attention that unfolded on the sidewalk in front of the building after the Kennedy plane crashed off Martha's Vineyard. Bill Brand, a nearby neighbor and experimental filmmaker, collaborated to make a video that gives a unique view from inside the building, looking back at the spectacle created by the public and the media. It shows what it felt like to be on the other side of the story.
Ruth's front steps may be the most photographed 50 feet in TriBeCa’s history and "I'm a Pilot like You" provides an intimate and critical view of what it was like to live through this period of uninvited attention. The film captures the moments in which this neighborhood, prized by the Kennedy's for its sense of anonymity, became as a result of their unhappy deaths, a place of international celebrity.
color | sound | 40 min
** Premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival (official selection) **