34 35th St., Unit 26, Brooklyn, NY, 11232
Make Stuff Get Famous
Sharon Mizrahi, Eyebeam Project Description of Short Film
Make Stuff Get Famous (written and directed by Student Resident Sharon Mizrahi) is a short film in the truest sense of the phrase, capping in at a curt two minutes and twenty seconds. Initially conceived as a plot-based “New York drama,” the film evolved into a non-linear piece laced with rich, nearly literary symbolism. The high contrast, black-and-white video features two male characters (both played by Fellow Fran Ilich) in vastly different contexts. Richard, a suit-clad professional, is heard gently pleading with his son on the phone in Times Square between business calls, and Adrian, an introspective booze-guzzler, delivers impromptu philosophy on the Highline while taking swigs out of a paper bag. Through Richard and Adrian, two sides of the urban spectrum are explored: the iconic “skyscraper-and-lights” glamour, and the comparatively unremarkable lives of those who keep the city running.
The film is punctuated with shots of “the other side” of Times Square: the ordinary slices of life lurking between exaggerated tourist smiles and blaring marquee ads for Domino’s Pizza. A voiceover of Richard pacifying his young son is paired with scenes of frustrated urbanites speed-walking to the subway, cheery Broadway ticket-sellers in outlandish costumes, and ever-present taxicab traffic. Somber-eyed and quietly dramatic, Highline drunkard Adrian provides a bizarre sense of reprieve from the inner-city chaos. In the leafy confines of Manhattan’s miles-long, elevated parks, he gives quaint but poignant reflections on cigarettes and the weather.
Richard and Adrian live in wholly different urban worlds: the former, in the wildly affable core of New York City, and the latter, in the cozy confines of a mock-suburban park. Make Stuff Get Famous initially reads as a stark juxtaposition between high-impact city life and quiet solitude—but perhaps these two extremes are not as foreign as they appear.