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.