800 Steps Apart is a video triptych by Brian Rigney Hubbard and Brooke Singer that compares two opposing protocols endorsed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to handle cleanup in Lower Manhattan post-9/11. A Russian émigré, living at 300 Albany Street, was told by the Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the EPA to return to her apartment two weeks after 9/11 and to remove all dust and debris with a bucket and a mop. The other site, 130 Liberty Street or the former Deutsche Bank building, is just four blocks from 300 Albany Street, but a world apart in its approach to cleanup.
800 Steps Apart is a video short that is part of a larger documentary project by Hubbard and Singer about communities affected by toxic contamination, abandoned by the EPA and in search of responsive, environmental leadership.
Special thanks to the actors in 800 Steps Apart: Christopher Murray, Erla Skuladottir and Liz Sweibel.
Running Time: 13 minutes
Lo-bandwidth version (part of NewClimates.org)
please email "brookeATbsingDOTnet"
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS:
Brian Rigney Hubbard is a director and director of photography, represented by the Gersh Agency. Brian attended New York University¹s graduate film program after working abroad for many years in Europe and Latin America. Since graduation from NYU, Brian has received numerous awards and recognition as a Director of Photography in all categories of the art: narrative, commercial, music video, and documentary. Brian's commercial accolades include Cannes' Commercial Film Producer¹s of Europe Award, a Polly Best Comedy in a Political Commercial and an Emmy award for best Public Service Announcement. Brian has also been awarded best cinematography at the Elektrozine 2000 Festival and Semana del Cine Festival 2000, juried by Pedro Almodovar, and Kodak showcased his work on "Bjargvaettur (Savior)" at Cannes 2006. Brian's work has screened at other festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, Telluride, Independent Feature Project (IFP), the Whitney Biennial, Tribeca and Berlin.
Brooke Singer is a media artist and educator. She has exhibited and lectured
throughout the U.S. and internationally, including at The Andy Warhol Museum of
Art, Pittsburgh; The Banff Centre for the Arts; Whitney Museum of
American Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Biennale de Montréal; Exit Art, New York and
Barcelona's Sonar 2006. Brooke is a co-founder of the art, technology and
activist collective, Preemptive Media, which was awarded the 2005 Social
Sculpture Commission by Eyebeam Art and Technology Center and the Lower
Manhattan Cultural Council. She has received grants from the New York
Foundation for the Arts, Franklin Furnace, Turbulence.org/New Radio and
Performing Arts and Experimental Television Center. She is currently
Assistant Professor of New Media, Purchase College of the State University
of New York.