Steve Bilich / William Susman (USA) 13'


This silent documentary with an original score was filmed through the eye of a 1924 hand-crank spring-wound Cine-Kodak camera. The film features Terry 'Coyote' Murphy representing the Native American influence of 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 & booze, down a long native path now called 'the great white way,' 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.

Steve Bilich was born in the bayous of Louisiana, raised in Austin, Texas and now divides his residency between 'deep in the heart of Texas' and 'an exotic island off the north-east coast of America,' Manhattan. He graduated from the University of Texas, with a degree in radio-television-film, and a Minor in business and theatre. His theatre acting credits include a few off-Broadway ensemble pieces and some off Broadway performances, including a few one-man-shows. The films that he has written, directed and produced have been invited to Sundance, Slamdance, Berlin, the Smithsonian Museum for the American Indian and most recently, the Academy of Science Mansion in NYC. He is presently auditioning and performing in NYC, and is writing a new piece, Island Electric.

William Susman is an award-winning composer with international recognition, his roots lie in two powerful musical traditions - the rigor and formal training of classical music and the improvisational freedom of jazz. He studied composition at the University of Illinois with Herbert Brün, Ben Johnston and Sal Martirano, and subsequently accepted a graduate fellowship at Stanford University at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) with John Chowning. Further studies in computer-generated sound led to an invitation by Pierre Boulez to work in Paris at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM). His performance with various jazz groups has inspired him to combine classical and Afro-Cuban elements in his music.

Contact Information:
William Susman
3793 Redwood Circle
Palo Alto, CA 94306

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