“Cinematic success is not necessarily the result of good brain work, but of a harmony of existing elements in ourselves that we may not have even been conscious of: a fortunate fusion of subject and our deeper feelings, an accidental coincidence of our own preoccupations at a certain moment of life and the public’s.
In New York from a rooftop in Chinatown
one can see the sci-fi bridges and aisles
of buildings where there are more miles
of shortcuts and alternative takes than
there are Miles Davis alternative takes.
There is a while girl who looks hi-
jacked with feeling in her glittering jacket
and her boots that look made of dinosaur
skin and R is saying to her I love you
again and again. On a Chinatown rooftop
in New York anything can happen.
Someone says “abattoir” is such a pretty word
for “slaughterhouse.” Someone says
mermaids are just fish ladies. I am so
fucking vain I cannot believe anyone
is threatened by me. In New York
not everyone is forgiven. Dear New York,
dear girl with a bar code tattooed
on the side of your face, and everyone
writing poems about and inside and outside
the subways, dear people underground
in New York, on the sci-fi bridges and aisles
of New York, on the rooftops of Chinatown
where Miles Davis is pumping in,
and someone is telling me about contranyms,
how “cleave” and “cleave” are the same word
looking in opposite directions. I now know
“bolt” is to lock and “bolt” is to run away.
That’s how I think of New York. Someone
jonesing for Grace Jones at the party,
and someone jonesing for grace.
Produced & Directed by :: Jef Taylor & Michael Tisdale Executive Producers :: Casey Spindler & Nicholas Webber Director of Photography :: Ryan Dickie Editor :: Jef Taylor Assistant Editor :: Robert Pearre Catering :: Caitlin Spindler
Produced & Directed by :: Jef Taylor & Michael Tisdale Executive Producers :: Casey Spindler & Nicholas Webber Choreography :: John Heginbotham Director of Photography :: Ryan Dickie Editor :: Jef Taylor Assistant Director :: Philana Mia Gnatowski Grip :: Tonito Santos
Thanks :: Elizabeth Gavril, Phil Pinto, Mark Schwartzbard, Claire Urban