On Saturday morning young Morales and I hit the streets to see what the city had to offer. There were food products and carved statues.
It only took us five months since shooting… but we got it done. Here’s the video for Thaddeus Clark’s Downtown/Connect. The (banging) song is available for download at hellabasic.com. Special shots to my editor Jason Morales who slogged through many weekends and evenings to help bring this to the light of day.
Sitting with the actor and comedian Michael Blaustein the talk was about originality, credit, and plagiarism. Comedy and jazz have different things to say about those topics. Backlight on the scene was provided by the Thom Mayne designed New Academic Building at the Cooper Union.
A lot of people will give you reasons why they would never live in New York City, or had to leave. Reasons often cited include: noise, rudeness, lack of green space. On the other hand, this is a place overflowing with reasons to keep pumping. It fills you up.
Every now and then, the scout is the best part of the shoot.
After a number of scout sessions, we finally got a shoot in the can; the music video for Thaddeus Clark’s “Downtown Connect.” Gambler to Dux: How do you feel, do you feel strong? Frank Dux: I feel good. It was an adventure.