Following my pitch to The New-York Historical Society [http://www.nyhistory.org], they commissioned me to produce and direct a location specific video series on Frederick Douglass in New York City. The video here is the iPhone version and is also available from iTunes University. Please enjoy this video on your screen now--it was designed to be played back on a hand held device at the location seen in the map of Frederick Douglass landing at the Hudson River on the West side of lower Manhattan, New York.
This is the 3rd video in the walk-about video tours series that I created in 2008 for The New-York Historical Society. When you get to this location, read the plaque on the building to get more information. I formatted this video in several screen resolutions and video compression codecs so that the final movie could be viewed on the multiple mobile devices provided by the various cell phone manufacturers. This movie and the earlier ones in this series are optimized for the 2nd generation iPhone and iPod.
This is the 4th video tour in this historical walk around lower Manhattan focusing on the life and times of Frederick Douglass in New York City. The AME Zion Church is no longer here and the sidewalk plaque is hard to find. One of goals in this tour series was to give tour takers a time travel experience and try to get them to imagine what the city was like in days past. As a filmmaker I wore many hats in this independent production: director, producer, cameraman and video editor.
The US Office of Home Land Security is adjacent to this site today. I recommend Gangs of New York (2002) directed by Martin Scorsese for an interesting interpretation of the immigrant activities that took place here back in the day. The pan on the still in my Five Points movie gives a view as published in popular publications of the time. After I pitched this idea of creating cell phone tours to The New-York Historical Society it took two years before they were able to raise the funds and commit. Verizon Foundation and the US Department of Education are sponsors. I am forever thankful.