Front Page of the NY TImes! Our film “Ellis Island” was published after 50 years.

This makes me feel old in a good way! 50 years later our 16mm film was just published by NY Time as part of their new “Encore” series on Op-Docs.

Steven Siegel and I made it when we were 17 year old high school students. What an adventure to row a small boat to the then-abandoned island and explore. We were members of the Young Filmmakers Foundation’s Film Club located on the Lower East Side, around the corner from where the New Museum is now located. A much different neighborhood then!

That same rowboat is now part of the exhibit of my photos of the islands of New York at Front Room Gallery in Hudson New York that will run through June 23rd.

Watch the film on the NY Times website with this free link.

Information on the show at Front Room Gallery here.

Vampire Weekend – Footage in Their Music Videos

In the 70s and 80s my filmmaking partner Steve Siegel and I made a couple of films around New York City and some of it is appearing in their music videos and stage show. The opening shot to this music video was a time-lapse tracking shot through the abandoned rail yards of Jersey City that are now Liberty State Park.