MEETING
CHARLIE PARR A FILM BY FRANÇOIS-XAVIER DUBOIS CHARLES DUBOIS JULIEN BERTRAND NICOLAS REVERCHON

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II . Brooklyn(s)

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We start shooting our film under a beautiful blue sky in Bushwick, Brooklyn. A sculptor named Tyrome has his studio a few blocks away from our flat. We begin our series of interviews with him. His lair consists of a big garage with various plastic objects piling up to the ceiling, plastic being the raw material of his work. Some of his sculptures are hung up on the wall, which enables us to discover the variety of his artistic world, his love for the scraps he uses for his art, of which hidden value he knows how to unveil. Tyrome is an agreeable, talkative man. We couldn’t have wished for a better first encounter.

 

In the early afternoon, we walk around the streets of Bushwick, soaking up the unique atmosphere of the place: facades painted in the colours of Porto Rico, deafening bass coming from random cars, fruit sellers shouting around the corner.

Underneath the aerial metro line, a Mexican shop prepares tacos. Outside the place, there are a few plastic tables and chairs, where we make the acquaintance of Rosita, a nice lady in her fifties. We briefly talk about her move to Brooklyn, her attachment to it, and the charity she handles – helping the inadequately-housed. A beautiful encounter in Spanish, a reflection of the neighbourhood, in some part of which, English seems to be absent.

 

The time comes to meet up with Dan and Dorian, two musicians that we met the night before. We find them in Prospect Park, an old part of the city which is radically different from the ones we’ve already visited. Posh brick houses and rather well-to-do people in their thirties who have chosen to settle down in green surroundings, closer to up-market Southern Manhattan than to the mosaic of Bushwick, in order to raise their children.

 

The two musicians share their doubts with us. They talk about the competitive atmosphere that prevails amongst the myriad of artists who came to New York to look for recognition and get their artistic career started. They then duly point out the fact that the presence of so many artists in the area has boosted the price of the rents, turning what used to be a cheap neighbourhood into a trendy place, the place to be.

 

In the metro which takes us back to our flat, we cannot help losing ourselves in the cityscape in the distance – Manhattan and its impressive buildings, industrial areas below us and the grey evening sky… And the evening has other musical surprises in store for us – burlesque free jazz. The day eventually ends up on a sweet thought: this is just only the beginning of everything.

 

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