This project highlights the creative solutions and difficult choices that individuals in NYC make everyday to survive the city, at a time when 50% of the population lives near or below the federal poverty level. The project brings attention to the difficult choices and resourceful solutions this underrepresented population must make in order to survive the city today. To access such stories, images, and sounds, fellows will pursue partnerships with local, low-income artists and craftspeople who have—so far—been unable to reach privileged networks of creation and distribution, often called ‘outsider artists.’
Through JUST TO GET BY, we are developing ways that the authorship of documentary can be shared with the subjects at the same time that fellows are encouraged to develop work across perceived boundaries of social class, age and race. Projects are not intended to be “outsider artist” biographies or portraits, rather each short documentary project produced will offer a different answer on what it takes “just to get by” and a different attempt to break with the conventions of documentary and address the problematics of representing people under the pressures of poverty.
NIGHT SHIFT. EVERYDAY!
USA • 2016 • 21 mins
Ray has not taken a night off in 43 years. His day is our night.
Sometimes Whitney and Arya come and help him in his 24-hours candy store. Why did it become a second home for them?
Audio-diaries will give us an intimate view of this micro-cosmos on Avenue A.
Second Camera—Jenny Catherall
Sound—Jenny Catherall, Emile B. Klein, Livia Vonaesch
ALPHABET ON AIR
Carly Anne Kenneally and James Nguyen
USA • 2016 • 13 mins
In Alphabet City, a group of filmmakers began broadcasting podcasts from inside a tiny glass box.
Co-Directors—Carly Anne Kenneally & James Nguyen
Co-Producers—Ann Chen, Carly-Anne Kenneally & James Nguyen
Broadcasters—Beata Calinska, Ann Chen, Sarah Jacobson, Carly-Anne Kenneally, James Nguyen & Patrick Offenheiser
Featured artwork by— Lori Der Hagopian, Luis Mitchell, John Bjerklie, Matt Blackwell
THE BIG PARTY ON THE OTHER SIDE
USA • 2016 • 15 mins
“The Big Party on the Other Side” follows Rosalee Grable as she comes to terms with her impending death, while reflecting on her relationship with her family, her mental illness and her last wish, to be buried in New York City’s pauper cemetery, known as Hart Island.
Additional Camera—Jenny Catherall
Editor—Carly Anne Kenneally
Additional Editing—Jenny Catherall
Sound—Jenny Catherall, Carly Anne Kenneally, Livia Vonaesch
Featuring an except from Rosalee Grable’s “Pages From the Book of Life”
USA • 2016 • 14 mins
A short visual essay exploring the geography of internet infrastructure in New York City, how it is charted and situated in our urban landscape as seen through the different people who build it, research it and use it.
Cinematography—James Nguyen, Ann Chen
Sound—Angel Urrutia, James Nguyen, Ann Chen
Content Advisor & Illustrator—Ingrid Burrington
Adapted from Ingrid Burrington’s book and project “Seeing Networks in New York: a field guide to Internet infrastructure”
HAVE NO FEAR
Jordan Elizabeth Vesey
USA • 2016 • 18 mins
Led by founder and choreographer, Adia Whitaker, The Ase Dance Theatre Collective prepares a piece in New York City on police brutality, as a form of resistance, a way to empower their community and pass lessons of strength to their children through performance.
Co-directors—Beata Calinska & Sarah Jacobson in collaboration with Adia Whitaker
Director of Photography—Tracie Williams
2nd Camera Operator—James Nguyen
Sound and Editing—Sarah Jacobson, Beata Calinska
Additional Camera—Sarah Jacobson and Beata Calinska
IT'S ALL ACADEMIC
Jon Appel and James Calinda
USA • 2016 • 28 mins
A black guy and a white guy who hate racism join forces to make a film together. As their relationship deepens and their cliche personas unravel, the film takes a life of its own.
Director, Writer—Jon Appel
Writer, Co-Director—James Calinda
Second Camera—Jenny Catherall
LOVE YOU MADLY
USA • 2016 • Various durations 30 seconds — 3 mins
Love you Madly is an experimental documentary film shaped by the encounters and conversations with Mr. Steve Cannon – a playwright, mentor, poet, and retired professor – who has been a fixture in the Lower East Side art scene since the 1960’s.
Creative Consultant—Angel Urrutia
Producer—Carly Anne Kenneally
Sound Design—Emile Klein
Director of Animation—Jon Appel
MOVED EVERY WAY
Emile Klein and Patrick Offenheiser
USA • 2016 • 21 mins
Drifting through the boroughs of New York, a LGBTQ church, surviving on meager funds and with no place to call its own, holds itself together with labor and devotion. Moved Every Way reveals the work it takes for a church to survive and why its members refuse to let it disappear.
Direction—Emile Klein and Patrick Offenheiser
Director of Photography—Patrick Offenheiser
2nd Camera and Sound—Beata Calinska and Livia Vonaesch
INTO MY LIFE
Ivana Hucíková, Sarah Keeling, and Grace Remington
USA • 2017 • 16 mins
Cassandra Bromfield grew up in Williamsburg’s Lindsay Park Housing Cooperative under the watchful gaze of her mother’s many cameras. Her mother’s keen photographic eye sought to capture daily existence in the housing complex as a way of proving the value of the lives that its inhabitants led and continue to lead. As she grew older, the camera was passed to Cassandra and the Bromfield’s archive was collaboratively assembled by the two women. Today, Cassandra lives in the same apartment in which she grew up and continues to engage with this audiovisual legacy by editing the super-8 films. She works as a fashion designer, a practice taught to her by her mother, which further embraces the idea these women held of fashioning one’s representation. This essay film uses Cassandra’s archive to place past and present in conversation with one another and discuss matriarchal heritage, self-definition, and community within this particular housing community and beyond.
Co-Directors—Ivana Hucíková, Sarah Keeling, and Grace Remington
BUBBY & THEM
Je’Jae Daniels and Davey Field
USA • 2017 • 20 mins
Bubby & Them is a docufictional short video about the relationship between two liminal members of the Lower East Side Orthodox Jewish community: Je’Jae, a genderqueer college student, and Razi, their adoptive grandmother. The movie examines how the two femmes support each other in their struggles, share space, and create a chosen family.
Co-directors— Je’Jae Daniels & Davey Field
Co-editors—Daniel Goodman & Davey Field
Actors—Je’Jae Daniels & Razi Engelmayer
Assistant Directors—Rezarta Seferi, Daniel Goodman, Maya Yu Zhang
Composition—Samuel Lang Budin
LOVE & LABOR
Stephanie Andreou and Sarah Keeling
USA • 2017 • 27 mins
Following a long career creating art related to economic systems, Fran Ilich – an accomplished and internationally recognized writer, media artist and hacktivist – and Gabriela Ceja – an artist engaging with labor rights and union activism – find themselves in a small 1 bedroom apartment in the Bronx. Fran works part-time in retail to support them while she works with labor unions. They also rent out their living room on AirBnb to make extra income while spending as little money as possible so they don’t compromise their time to labor.
We see them working together while contemplating this city and how to penetrate a system that enslaves those who make it possible. What materializes between them is a shared vision which they work little-by-little to realize. Idealism, their love for each other and sacrifice make-up part of their everyday struggle. For both, love becomes an alternative to traditional forms of labor as they find a way to live in this city while supporting the causes they believe in.
Co-Directors—Stephanie Andreou & Sarah Keeling
Cinematography—Victoria Catherine Chan
CONNIE AND COREY
USA • 2017 • 16 mins
An unlikely relationship between Connie, an Italian-American caregiver in her mid-sixties, and Corey, an artist in his mid-twenties, who have chosen to live together in a small apartment in New York City, becomes a pseudo-familial bond that challenges traditional living arrangements.
Connie has lived in Williamsburg for 40 years. After her daughter moved out this past spring, she couldn’t afford to keep renting her place alone, so she put an ad on Craigslist. Corey, a recent fine arts graduate, responded to it and moved in right away.