This Labor Day weekend marks the completion of my first ten years living and working in New York City. When I originally conceived the idea of moving to New York it was to immerse myself into the indie film community and gain experiences I wouldn’t have otherwise had while living in my home state of Maine. At the time I left, I was miserable and although I had some level of support for what I wanted to do, I had gotten a taste of life in a world class city and wanted more. My year living in Vancouver was enough for me to know that operating out of a large city was where I wanted and needed to be.
Dubbed “The Project”, I began putting together an elaborate plan of money saving, back and forth trips to the city and networking, all of which would make my transition as smooth as possible. Ultimately my goal was to spend a decade acquiring knowledge and experiences that would improve my writing and storytelling abilities. Obviously I was putting a romantic twist on the whole thing (and have since realized how naive I was for thinking it would be anything but smooth). The fact of the matter is that the transition from Maine to New York was incredibly painful and chock full of back stabbery of all sorts but that’s okay, because it was all part of the gamut of experiences I had been seeking. Experiences to seed my work. Many of the naysayers didn’t understand this and most still don’t. The support sector was always smaller than the group with apathy and seems to shrink as I grow older. But that’s okay too. I made it and am continuing forward with the next phase of my plan.
In 2011 I began working on a project with the intention of debuting it just in time for my ten year anniversary and that project, which was picture locked this past spring, is finally finished with a score from the talented David Obaniyi. It’s called Steinway Street and it’s the autobiographical telling of my first year as a New Yorker, including the moments leading up to my move. The film is largely told with still photographs and the central character is simply known as “The Photographer”. In the film, life isn’t easy for the Photographer and the central character is put through many trials to test his resolve. Will he stay in the great world city or go back to his safe hometown with his tail between his legs? Of course we know what happened here – I lasted as long as I vowed to and have no plans of moving off anytime soon. In fact, I’ve got many projects lined up that will keep me operating in the Big Apple for many more years to come.
I have no plans yet for Steinway Street, but in the meantime you can check out this trailer. It’s an art house film through and through. Hope you dig and WOO HOO!!! to ten years! May the naysayers bugger off. :)
Eric M. Norcross / Writer/Filmmaker – “The Photographer”