In 2015 I jumped behind the camera in my directorial debut in the short dance film “New York City”. It has been a lifelong ambition of mine to direct film and as I am extremely comfortable with dance it seemed like the smartest way to begin my journey into the medium. On this project I collaborated with cinematographer Aleutian Calabay and dancers Robert Mark Burke & Crystal Lynn Rodriguez -- all from New York City.
I wanted to capture the energy and grit of the city along with the human concept of love within it.
“New York City” is a visual dance film: a reflection of a couple and their city. Both these things coinciding bring life and existence to one another. There is a comfort a couple can achieve when they have been together for a long period of time, and the idea of contentment works hand in hand with one's surroundings. Although both may seem dirty and unfair at times, you soon learn that all these undesirable aspects are just as unique and necessary as the pleasant ones.