NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU, BUT…
Khalik Allah, Annie Berman, Sophie Blackall, Nathan Fitch, Brian Foo, Joy Garnett, Suzanne Goldenberg, Nina Katchadorian, Paul McDonough, Lawrence Mesich, Ron Milewicz, Amy Park,Maddalena Poletta, Casey Ruble, Ken Schles, Terreform ONE
‘I used to walk around taking pictures. I now find myself walking around in pictures.’
Using Google Maps’ impersonal yet voyeuristic Street View, a nameless, faceless narrator ‘walks’ the streets of New York City’s West Village, getting lost in tangents of speech, thought and movement. As our guide attempts to interact with ghostlike human figures captured in a candid moment, the journey transforms into a meditation on communication, technology and depersonalisation in today’s world.
Created by the US interdisciplinary media artist Annie Berman, Street Views won Best Experimental Film at the Rome Independent Film Festival (RIFF) in 2014.
Annie Berman is an interdisciplinary media artist living and working in New York City. Her background in photography and psychology inspires work about visual culture, religion, and the changing media landscape. Her work has screened at festivals, galleries, and universities, including the Harvard Film Center, Anthology Film Archives, and UnionDocs. Past President of Women in Film and Video New England, and founder of Fish in the Hand Productions, Annie has received grants from the Puffin Foundation, the Brandeis Festival of the Arts, and the Somerville Arts Council. Credits include Director of ‘Street Views’ and ‘Of Birds and Boundaries.’ She earned her MFA in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College. Annie is a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective.