The making of
Directed by Michael Mintz & Irad Strauss, The Bowery follows a group of homeless people that congregated near The Bowery subway station in New York City. Filming started right before the pandemic and they ended up capturing some of the most shocking moments of 2020 on camera — all from the perspective of the homeless.
It’s a powerful film that doesn’t rely on shock value though; instead you are led along by the intimate moments in the lives of these few people caught in awful circumstances. You see the empty streets of NYC during the scariest moments of Covid and then the George Floyd protests. But it’s the individual stories that carry you along and really give this film meaning & worth.
I hope this film gets a platform and sparks discussion about mental health, drug use and potential for helping those people that ‘fall through the cracks’.
As for the music I worked closely with Michael & Irad for a few months, discussing sound worlds and potential themes. It was a fun process where we explored combining jazz elements, analog synths and processed strings. In the end I’m really proud of the film and the soundtrack. Check out the music and let me know what you think!