Ahhh New York, New York—undoubtedly a city that gets under your skin one way or another, what with its trademark “hustle”, signature “bustle”, larger than life energy and more cultural events, subcultures and crazy characters you can poke a street stand hot-dog at. This endless fodder of inspiration has meant New York long been a muse for creatives and artists the world over—that’s where Christopher Bollen and New York, I Love You come in.
It’s something Andrew Clancy, a budding filmmaker from Ireland, has also discovered and paid tribute to with his newly released video, A Year in New York. Clancy’s memorial to the Big Apple is a compilation of footage shot during his time here over the past year. The film is set to the song We Don’t Eat by fellow Irishman James Vincent McMorrow, whose slow-moving, gentle lyrics create an intimate and whimsical (not to mention goosebump-inducing) atmosphere with which Clancy surveys the heart of the city.
It pays homage to classic NYC iconography—Coney Island, the ubiquitous Subway, Grand Central, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, graffiti art, jam-packed sidewalks—and more importantly, the diverse people and communities who produce the lively New York spirit; from the street breakdancer, skateboarder, policeman, clubber, university student and Subway performer, to the quirky Central Park roller skater.
There’s a patriotism and sense of community that also shines through in poignant moments he’s captured, including footage of messages left at the World Trade Center for loved ones, kids playing in the snow amidst the urban city skyline and passionate sports fans cheering on their beloved ice hockey or soccer team.
All in all it’s a thorough exploration of New York’s nuances, idiosyncrasies and charms that anyone who’s ever lived here or visited (or wants to) will appreciate.
Clancy studied at the National Film School in Dublin and is currently living in New York as a HD-SLR cameraman and editor. Check out more of his work and previous projects here.