short film about cycling
"Inside of Love" by Nada Surf
"Strongest Man in the World" by Menomena
"Firefly," "When She Goes Out," "Memphis,"
"A Boulder Tycoon or Enya" and "This Geometric Is Written
Is" by SPRCSS
Additional songs by Osis and The Humans
Original score by Daniel Berk
This film was originally titled "The Messenger" but was changed
to "Kaya" which is the title character's name.
All of the city cycling was shot in the streets of New York using four
different techniques. The camera is always moving. Scenes in Iowa allowed
for the camera to be on a tripod.
Kaya is a senior in high school in a quiet Iowa town. Her passion is
cycling but her best friend and her mother do not take her seriously.
To prove herself she forsakes home and comes to the city to become a
The end of the film and the beginning of the film are the same moment
Cycling home to Brooklyn drunk and harboring a head cold on a rainy
night the thought hit me that I could die at any moment. My GF at the
time had just headed off to China for six months and I was alone in
a windowless room in a small apartment on 63rd street. I caught a fever
dream and had a vision of a bike messenger delivering a package to an
art gallery and staying to look at the art. The messenger stared at
a photograph of a city street and a car/bike accident with the bike
hanging grotesquely from a tree. She looked closer and recognized the
victim on the ground: It was her. Three years and several incarnations
later you have this film.
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