For some, living in a big city can be an isolating feeling. You don't always know your neighbor's first name, and apart from pleasant nods and the occasional "good morning" the people living closest to you often remain complete strangers.
This got filmmaker Ryan O’Hara Theisen thinking about how to unite those in his neighborhood. He was used to working on film sets and seeing how the bonds between people formed quickly through a shared personal goal. He collaborated with friend/producer Mary Crosse and a team of volunteers to create On My Block.
The project invites New York City filmmakers to create a narrative or documentary short (one to five minutes long), recruiting the residents on their block as cast and crew. Novice filmmakers are encouraged to apply, and the project website provides tips on how to get rolling. If the only camera you own is your iPhone, well, that's totally cool, because any format is acceptable. You can submit your short between August 1 and October 31. The public will be able to vote for their favorites by "liking" the videos on the project's Vimeo page. "The top 30 scoring films will be judged by a panel of local NYC community leaders and filmmakers. The top scoring 15 films will be screened at a film festival in November," website Truly Free Film
The OMB crew are hoping to see films from each NYC borough, so head to the official website
, and submit your short today. And check out one of the first films below, titled No Place to Hide
, which was made on a block in Ridgewood Queens utilizing residents from said block. [via Ted Hope
No Place to Hide from On My Block Films on Vimeo.