Native New Yorker is a kind of Manhattan travelogue seen through the eyes of Native American Terry "Coyote" Murphy. Starting from Inwood Park, Coyote makes his way down Broadway and winds up at ground zero. Along the way, locations are stripped of their conventional meaning and imbued with their significance to local Native American history. Filmmaker Steve Bilich shot the film with a 1924 hand-cranked Cine-Kodak camera over a period of several years, ultimately mating it to an original score composed by William Susman.
Director's Statement Collapse
Native New Yorker was shot through the lens of a 1924 hand-crank, spring-wound Cine-Kodak camera, which I found at a flea market at 26th Street & 6th Avenue in the Chelsea area of Manhattan in 1999. I bought the camera for less than half of what it cost to buy the island of Manhattan. (Supposedly, it was sold for 24 dollars in 1724, but actually it was stolen by occupied forces on Native American territories.) The camera cost 9 dollars plus change and was purchased from an Australian Aboriginal, who was trying to get back to the outback. Interesting in that the main subject of this film is an American Aboriginal - Terry 'Coyote' Murphy of Gaelic/Cherokee dissent.
About the Director(s)Collapse
Steve Bilich graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Radio-TV-Film and a minor in Business & Theatre. His theatre acting credits include some off and off-off-Broadway performances and a few one-man-shows. His films have screened at Sundance, Slamdance, Berlin, the Smithsonian Museum for the American Indian, Woodstock, Wounded Knee, the Brooklyn Museum, SXSW, the Austin Film Festival, and most recently, the Academy of Science Mansion in New York City.