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Busking the Big Apple

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Uploaded on Apr 30, 2009

Ithaca College Television (ICTV)

Producers:
Christopher Burt
Christopher Cucci
Sarah Justine Woodhouse

Busking the Big Apple (pilot) documents the life of individuals who earns a living through busking, also known as street performing. Busking is the act of performing live in a public place to entertain people. Through taking a cinéma vérité approach, we captured many of these performers in their attempt to make a living wage performing. We wish to bring attention to a New York City subculture that often goes unnoticed; a hidden subculture that reinvigorates us with color and life in contrast to a concrete gray environment.

This short piece promotes the understanding of music in the community, even if it is on the streets of a concrete jungle, for it humanizes the our individualistic isolated society. Music in unconventional locations breaks apart our daily routine, creating a rich human experience. It may be a man drumming on a bucket in a tunnel, the sound of a Kena flute echoing off downtown skyscrapers, or a man strumming a guitar in his underwear.

The video you see here is a cut specifically created for the 2009 Association of Higher Education Campus Television Administrators Student Production Awards. The original piece is a 15minute pilot. Please contact info@smallscaleprodctions.com for more information.

Living in New York City during the summer, Producer Chris Cucci became fascinated with individuals who performed on subways, street corners, and in parks. After pitching the idea to our peers, we traveled down to New York City in search of street performers. Originally, we wanted to create a verses piece: Buskers vs. The Police; Buskers vs. The City; Buskers vs. Their Audience; but as this documentary pilot evolved we became more interested in these performers as people. As we met the Naked Cowboy, Mossi, Yovanni, and other musicians and performers the project took shape into a documentary pilot piece.

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