Stop Destroying My Home
How many movies in the past 10 years have shown images of New York City being totally obliterated by foreign entities (human or otherwise)?
I don’t know about you, but I’m tiring of visualizing my home being destroyed in 3-D clarity with digital sound.
Yes, I know that September 11 prompted much of this.
But why pay $12-$15 to relive the horror in a movie theater?
For the filmmakers, destruction is relatively easy. You just tear things down--blow them up. You just have to decide whether or not to decapitate the Statue of Liberty, rip off the top of the Empire State Building, or crush drivers on the Brooklyn Bridge.
To me these look like moviemakers having a temper tantrum…crushing everything in sight to get my attention.
Save your drama.
I challenge the brilliant creative screenwriters, storytellers, and filmmakers to skip making another story about a New York City reduced to concrete rubble. Instead, make me a film about New York more glorious than I ever could have imagined.
New New York
I’m no Isaac Asimov- we may need some Sci-fi minds to really help us imagine the possibilities. In the meantime, I’ll help get you started…
· stunning subway stations (instead of ones that look like the gateway to hell)
· everyone prosperous, smiling, and living out his or her fullest purpose?
· For clean air and fitness maybe we all switch to bicycles--Little flying machines-Rollerblades-
· Fantastic artwork was imbedded in the sidewalks
· Fruit trees in the center of the street with water fountains flowing at all times (like in Rome)
· Maybe hover boards need to make a comeback
· A 300km/hr speed train to DC – please
· Solar powered everything…
· Bridges that glow in the dark?
· Fire engine & police car sirens that alert cars to move aside via screens installed in the cars (imagine no more sirens!!!)
Glass Bottomed Swimming Pool
My request—the glass bottomed pool that connects between buildings.
Shanghai has this stunning first draft--- it’s 30 meters and doesn’t connect between buildings. Visitors say it does give you the feeling of swimming through the sky.
In my NY pool, swimmers enjoy watching the world below and pedestrians can gaze at the liquid beauties above.
This film…Think of it as the New York equivalent of the World Expo.
A trip to Hong Kong, Shanghai, or Tokyo might stimulate some ideas. Or lunch with Richard Branson who just introduced a glass-bottomed plane.
I’m flexible on the storyline, I just want to see NY blossom not fold.
Maybe Let the superheroes figure out how wild animals can live more fully integrated with humans.
Wolves on the sidewalk? Maybe a stretch.
Unless we really want to see NY destroyed, can I encourage that we stop visualizing it or participating in others’ visualizations?
This new endeavor will take brain cells—we’ll have to make a New York City so richly abundant moviegoers would pay to peek?
If it works, we might actually build it…
So why not give it a try?
Sarah Federman, PhD
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