This silent documentary with an original score
was filmed through the eye of a 1924 hand-cranked, spring-wound Cine-Kodak
camera. The film feaures Terry "Coyote"
Murphy representing the Native American influence on the isle of Manhattan.
Coyote, a Shaman Trail Scout, takes a journey which transcends time,
weaving from Inwood Park (where the island was traded for beads and
booze) down a long native path (now called "the great white way"
and more commonly known as Broadway) to the lower reaches of Manhattan
into ground zero, which is now a sacred burial ground for not just
the American Indian and the slaves of yesteryear, but for the newest
natives of this island empire as well. "Native
New Yorker" took several years of filming. Running time is 13
minutes. Directed by Steve Bilich. Original score by William Susman.
Booka and Edythe Michel, Executive Producers.
Native New Yorker was showcased
at the Avignon/New York, Rome, Los Angeles, and Vancouver
Film Festivals as well as London's Raindance and The United Nations
Film Festival. The film received Gold Medal of Excellence
Awards in both the Audience Choice and Jury Choice categories at Park City and was awarded Best Short Documentary at Tribeca in 2006.