In exploration of the existence of a multiplicity of realities, as well as the mind-shaping role of subjectivity and point of view, the New York East River was shot simultaneously from its opposite sides, directly across. Same time, same day, same river.
The result is beyond predictable: The Manhattan side with the river and its background appears bright and sunny, whereas the Brooklyn side appears cloudy and dreary, all at the same exact day and time. The only indication that both sides were shot simultaneously is the movement of boats and the rhythm of the water; there is no other way to see that both cameras were pointing at the same river.
“Two Sides to the River” explores an ‘objective’ view on subjectivity and evokes a conversation and contemplation about place, time, and point of view, with all of their personal, human,and political aspects.
From Manhattan: Jeff Morey
From Brooklyn: Shlomit Lehavi
Sound editor: Quentin Chiappetta
Image stabilization: Daniel Vatsky
**With support from the Outpost’s Cuts and Burns Residency Program, NY