On a frigid Sunday in October, Michael Boczon, Alex Zagey and I headed over to Bushwick to meet up with artist HOTTEA to document his installation on the Maisel building. We were meant to simply document the project entitled U U G G H H. Instead, we delved into the experience, had fun and the result is a spirited tale told by New Yorkers. Michael’s vision for this project and Clark Slater’s editing provide a look at a legendary NYC building and the “new” New York through an artist’s eyes.
In a cube truck heading to Manhattan, I squeezed into the middle seat shooting with an iPhone rig and interviewed HOTTEA about the project. I appreciate how this project freed me to be creative and thoughtful in the moment. Instead of the usual planning and executing of an idea, it was all on the fly. Like a treasure hunt of moments so exciting to capture. We all got some great footage that day. The clip after the credits makes me laugh every time I see it. And I’ve seen it probably 20 times.
Watch the video and read more about the project on HOTTEA’s vimeo page.
Director, Michael Boczon
Editor, Clark Slater
Director of Photography, Christine Reilly
Sound Mix, Andrew Pomeroy
First Camera, Michael Boczon
Second Camera, Alex Zagey
Beats, Nik Da Greek