The first commission to come of our quest for film talent is from New Yorkers, David Usui and Ben Wu. Taking the city’s High Line as his source of subject and inspiration, Usui and Wu’s film reveals a hidden gem at the core of the Big Apple.
Watch the first of our commissions from our global talent search: The High Line, by David Usui and Ben Wu
Once a busy train line running through three of Manhattan’s most dynamic neighborhoods: the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea, and Hell’s Kitchen - the High Line has been in a state of disrepair since the trains stopped running 29 years ago.
Opened in the 1930s in an attempt to change the face of industrial Manhattan’s shaky infrastructure - the decaying train lines have been resident to little more than weeds, insects and the occasional graffiti artist since the structure was abandoned in 1980. Now however, at the hands of a few concerned New Yorkers, the tracks are set to receive a much-needed facelift.
Thanks to an unerring decade of dedication from the Friends of the High Line, headed by Joshua David and Robert Hammond, a 1.45-mile portion of the track is to be transformed into a public park at the capable hands of the designers at James Corner Field Operations.
Describing it as empty, unkempt and serene, Corner saw the Highline as a space open to discovery and development, and will be unveiling his green-fingered vision on the 15th June - complete with landscaped borders, ambient lighting, public seating areas and sweeping concrete pathways.
Turfing out a few weeds is one thing, but the grand plans laid out by James Corner and Field Operations look set to transform the once barren space into a bolthole of high-design greenery, against the red-brick back drop of Manhattan’s Lower West side.
The film was produced by David Usui with Director of Photography/Editor, Ben Wu
Production Company: Lost & Found Films Music courtesy of: Lullatone
Special thanks to: Joshua David, James Corner, Katie Lorah, Salmaan Khan, Friends of the High Line and Field Operations