Postcard: New York, a film by Mary Joan Cunningham

As you will read below, I recently set out to make a documentary about patient empowerment and came back with a short film that is part love letter to New York City and part MS diagnosis story. As I send the doc around to various film festivals, I'm not yet sharing the film online...but I will soon! (In fact, it's been Preselected for the 2nd Annual Cinema New York City film festival. :) 
Until then, here's a little more about Postcard: New York. 

Director's Statement for Postcard: New York
I shot footage in New York with the intention of creating a trailer that would be used (or so I thought) to raise funds on a crowdfunding site for a documentary about patient empowerment for those (of us) diagnosed with incurable diseases. In the weeks after the shoot, I saw that we captured so much more than b-roll; we captured a love story.  

Deciding that this would be art-driven rather than information-focused, marked a personal turning point. Previously, my drive had been to create something empowering for others, primarily because I thought it was my duty to do so. But after seeing these raw elements, I chose to follow—and put stock in—my deeper creative instinct and non-traditional aesthetic as a filmmaker.  

I let the beautiful images and music lead, and originally though the short would be comprised of just those components. But there was more story there. At the very least I wanted to share my slice of New York history.  

Every element of sound and imagery in Postcard: New York was chosen because it spoke to the dreaminess rooted in the reality of NYC, and the longing to walk through the dream that that city fosters. 

Still from Postcard: New York

Still from Postcard: New York

Posted on June 27, 2017 .