"A Train to Rockaway" is a short film that gives a glimpse into the daily routine of Calvin Seibert, a highly independent New York artist. Calvin has been commuting from his rent-controlled studio in Chelsea to the beaches of New York City since the 1980s to build impressive modern, brutalist-inspired sandcastles. At the end of each day, Calvin walks away from the work, forfeiting it to the whims of the waves, seagulls or the random wandering child.
His work has been featured on the CBS Evening News, The Daily Mail, The New York Times, The Financial Times, and many other venues around the world. Every summer he gets written up around the world. He also has a flickr account with over 16 million views and an instagram account with over 10,000 followers as well.
It was actually the New York Times article that first drew us to Calvin in 2015. His work ethic and productivity was inspiring, and that's not even talking about the beauty of the castles themselves. So we tracked him down online and made contact. Shooting began at the end of that summer in 2015 and we came out to the beach with him again the following year. All of this, of course, was paid for out of our own pockets.
In our film, we take a look at Calvin’s relationship to art and to the city he calls home. We want to take our audience into a world in which a commitment to creativity and art takes priority above all else.
Our film has been accepted to a festival in the Northeast but we can't yet say which until it's announced in the press at the end of April. Your generous support will help us complete our audio mix, color correction and graphics for festival screenings so we can bring Calvin’s work in the beaches of New York to more audiences.
William and Carlos met in 2007 while in the MA in Media Studies program at the New School and afterwards both focused on editing professionally. This is our first film together.
Risks and challenges
At this point, the film has already been shot, laboriously edited, and music has been composed and recorded for it. Therefore, our major challenge is the race against time to have the film ready for our festival premiere, which will be at the end of May.
Immediately following the conclusion of the Kickstarter, a professional will work on the color correction of the film while another takes it and works on cleaning up the overall sound mix. Following that, a final screening version of the film will be made and that file will be going to the festival with us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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