Native New Yorker (film)

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Native New Yorker
File:Native New Yorker DVD.jpg
Directed by Steve Bilich
Produced by Steve Bilich and William Susman
Written by Steve Bilich
Music by William Susman
Cinematography Steve Bilich
Edited by Steve Bilich
Distributed by Amazon and TFI Reframe Collection
Running time
13 minutes
Country United States
Budget US$ $2500

Native New Yorker (2005) is the title of the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary Short [1] by Steve Bilich.[2]

Filmed with a 1924 hand-crank Cine-Kodak camera,[3] Shaman Trail Scout 'Coyote' takes a journey which transcends time, from Inwood Park (where the island was traded for beads and booze), down a native trail (now 'Broadway'), into lower Manhattan (sacred burial ground, now including the newest natives of this island empire).

Shot before, during and after 9/11, 'Native New Yorker' took several years of filming, with a running length of 13 minutes. This is a film by Steve Bilich with an original score composed by William Susman.

New Internationalist calls 'Native New Yorker' "...a conventionally unclassifiable short... In 13 minutes it brilliantly encapsulates aeons."[4]

"...the stuff dreams - and nightmares - are made of."[5] -The Austin Chronicle

In 2009, the film score to Native New Yorker was released on a CD entitled Music for Moving Pictures.[6]

In 2011, the Tribeca Film Institute selected Native New Yorker for inclusion [7] in their Reframe Collection which "shares the best of our visual heritage." [8]

In 2013, the Sound of Silent Film Festival[9] screened Native New Yorker with a live orchestra [10] at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City.

In 2014, The 50th Pesaro Film Festival in Pesaro Italy featured Native New Yorker in Panorama U.S.A. – Il cinema sperimentale-narrativo nel nuovo millennio[11]



  • Tribeca Film Festival - WINNER Best Documentary Short ( 2006)
  • Park City Film Music Festival - WINNER Audience Choice – Best Impact of Music (2006)
  • Park City Film Music Festival - WINNER Gold Medal Jury’s Choice - Artistic Excellence (2006)
  • Moondance International Film Festival - WINNER Columbine Award (2005)



  1. May 6, 2006, "Fifth Annual Tribeca Film Festival Concludes with May 6 Awards Ceremony"
  2. “The Austin Chronicle” M. Savlov, Two Towers, Six Years, and 16 Millimeters
  3. “Tribeca Film Festival” Program Notes, Native New Yorker, 2006
  4. “New Internationalist, December 2010, Issue 438” Where is the real cinema? Malcolm Lewis finds quality beyond Disney and exotic settings…
  5. “The Austin Chronicle” M. Savlov, Two Towers, Six Years, and 16 Millimeters
  6. "Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange" A review by Mark S. Tucker
  7. "Tribeca Film Institute" Native New Yorker at the TFI Reframe Collection
  8. "Tribeca Film Institute" About The Tribeca Film Institute Reframe Collection
  9. "Tribeca Film" News & Trends, by the Editors June 4, 2013
  10. "Vimeo from kim schlechter" native new yorker - sound of silent film festival in New York
  11. "50a Mostra Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema, Pesaro 23 - 29 giugno 2014" Teatro Sperimentale

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