~Nov 86. Silent film set to music track, excerpts of Ravel's "Tzigane". Shot in about 2 1/2 hours with kids I'd met scouting the location around the derelict Nurse's Residence (NR) building on Roosevelt Island. The kids showed me a hole in a cinderblocked patch that led to the basement. I asked them to meet me back there the following week. When the day came, the kids indeed showed up but we had less time with them than planned so had to scrap the whole middle part of the film and improv much of the ending. Last to shoot was the fiddler, Eugene Buica, shot playing in the window as the light was failing. Upon leaving through the cinderblock hole we were met by cops who asked "You think you can just waltz right in here?" Hence, Waltzing Productions. This copied from a DVD copied from a VHS of the original 16mm Tri-Ex film work print (never was printed, just played in sync with mag stock). Looked pretty nice in the original.
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Unfinished film shot over 3 days in Chester Springs PA in Spring of '88. All in the can, but no budget to mix or print. Ambivalence about it made me save up $ instead for the next one.
Iffy digital dub from Beta SP from 16 mm workprint. Sound on mag track.
NYU Thesis film. Shot in Brooklyn in about 5 days. Took me years to edit while working full-time as a word processor for law firms and investment banks. I edited it mostly at night on a Steenbeck in a space rented from a guy named Eddie Deitch (sp?) on 50th and 9th ave, who it was said had edited with the Maysles Bros, who knows. Upon completion the film got in some good festivals. Won the Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival, which was rewarding.
In the film I flouted the 3 rules laid down at NYU film school, "at all costs avoid weather, pets and children."