The Year is 2001

I've always wanted to bring back the World Trade Center in one of my films ever since I saw them do it in Fringe nine years ago—I finally did it for my fall semester final here at NYU.

This film, while assigned to me as my final project for my Frame and Sequence class here at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, became more of a passion project for me. I based this film off of tapes my friend and collaborator Marie-Louise Nkashama shared with me.

There’s this old Hi-8 cassette Marie-Louise stole from her house called “Lulu’s First Time in NYC.” The tape, dating back to 27 Jul 2017, details her first trip to Manhattan, staying at the Waldorf-Astoria and heading in a car back and forth over the Queensboro Bridge to a small little church in the middle of Queens, watching her relatives get married…

She’s lost herself. Somewhere between 34th and 14th she realized she’d dropped her soul along the way—how embarrassing.

She's been up and down the West Side Highway, searching for a dropped heart somewhere.

This is an experimental story, trying to reconcile your past and that trajectory to that of the present, and confronting the uncertainties of the future.



Marie-Louise Nkashama 


Technical specifications


This film was shot on a Canon 70D, with Canon glass (a 35mm f/2, 24-105 f/4, and a 70-200 f/2).

This film was cut and delivered using Adobe Premiere CC 2017 and Adobe Premiere CC 2018, as well as Red Giant's Universe Suite. Additional sound mixing was performed in Pro Tools 12.