The 42nd street is probably the most iconic and cinematic crosstown street of Manhattan. The path traveled by foot by Adam Clairfield (a.k.a. Craig Williams) from the Port Authority Bus Terminal to Bryant Park is both a drift of senses and a spiritual trip across the layered dimensions of the city, where the shimmering fanciness of theatres and shops merges with the swarming medley of tourists and newyorkers following the dreamy or nightmarish intersections of their urban lives.
"At the beginning of every project there's always a vision, a sound or a vibe. Sometimes they come up simultaneously. Sometimes they're the extension of each other. Sometimes the vibe can generate a vision developing itself in sonic movements. In the latter case I got the confirmation that's the starting point of a new movie. While I was composing this soundtrack three months before beginning the principal photography in New York City, I was actually figuring out the emotional tones and visual pace of the scenes rendered in the script and in the storyboard according to that inner symphony. Some of the tracks were already well defined before the editing, such as the main theme and the intro conceived to support the slow, ceremonial passage between New Jersey and New York through the Lincoln Tunnel. Only the music used to punctuate the emotive flow of the main dialogue near the Conservatory Lake in Central park has been composed in post-production. The recurrent use of sounds of bells, cymbals, xylophones and metallic percussions derived by the preminent narrative and spiritual roles played by the Delacorte Musical Clock and the Saint John the Divine Cathedral, sort of techno-gothic heralds of that New York memory breathing into the steampunk-like coalescence of new and ancient architectures. A mnemonic puzzle that's the ground and the catalyst where the lost memories of the protagonists will merge like colors and instruments of a wider musical canvas."
Composed, performed, recorded, mixed and produced by Alessandro Fantini.
In 2014, 3 billion people will be using the Internet and the mobile-cellular market. Since last decade computers and mobiles are relentlessly altering and crumbling our perception of social reality and present time. Nevertheless it’s the unexpected email Adam gets from his cousin Kevin inviting him to join his secret venture in New York City, to trigger the chain of events that will lead him to restore his own lost reality. A random incident in Central Park that makes him lose every natural and artificial connections to the surrounding world, will be nothing but the first stage of a self-discovery through the darkness of memory. Yet, only the verses of Amy, the enigmatic poetess of Central Park, will eventually enlighten the path of his quest with the colored Flames of a Vision that once split two lives, and now is about to reunite them in the cleansing whiteness of a stocking cap.
Directed, written and edited by Alessandro Fantini Cinematography and special effects by Alessandro Fantini Music by Alessandro Fantini
Cast: Adam Clairfield: Craig Williams Amy Bolnes: Kyrie Vickers The lady of Central Park: Karen Goldfarb The lunatic of Central Park: Henrik Khim Rehr The first runner: Vincenzo Fantasia The second runner: Said Raissi Kevin Alcott: Alessandro Fantini
Camera assistant at the Central Park Zoo: Lincoln Athas Dialogue consultant: Craig Williams
Produced by AFAN PICTURES Filmed in New Jersey and New York City from June to July 2014.