NATIVE NEW YORKER
Steve Bilich / William Susman (USA)
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
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