About the filmMakers
Paul Villanova has an MFA in Film Production from Boston University (2013). He works as a professional video producer and his screening credits include the Munich International Festival of Film Schools, the Boston International Film Festival, and the Redstone Film Festival.
Padrick Ritch is a Boston based independent filmmaker, who teaches at Boston University (MFA, 2012) and Harvard University, DCE. He spent his first twenty-six years living in Michigan, before venturing off to California (chasing a girl, now his wife), before ending up in Boston. As a filmmaker who grew up living everywhere from metro Detroit to the Upper Peninsula, the opportunity to work on the “Detroit in Flux” part of the “Cities in Flux” series was a no brainer. Currently, he is getting ready to release a short film, “Katherine,” as well as editing a feature documentary, “The Life We Make,” which focuses on travelling artists from Michigan. Both should be screening at film festivals this fall.
Richard T.K. Hawke is the owner of Hawke Commercial Filmmaking a video production srevices company in Boston and is a Partner in Starlab Studios, a multimedia production studio originally based in Somerville, MA.
Oleg Bolotov has an MFA in Film Production from Boston University (2013). He works as a professional video producer and his screening credits include the Munich International Festival of Film Schools, the Boston International Film Festival, and the Redstone Film Festival.
Charlie Rokosny has worked in film and television post production for 10yrs as a color corrector and editor. Charlie received a B.S. in Television & Radio Production from Ithaca College.
Matt Simon has an M.A. in Media Studies and Film Production from The New School. He works as a cinematographer and editor, and has directed numerous short films and web series. His work has been screened at NewFilmmakers New York, Videology Filmmaker Showcase and The 48 Hour Film Project.
About the films
"Cities in Flux" is a series of short films that show how American cities have changed over the past century. In January of 2016, filmmakers Paul Villanova and Rich Hawke produced a film called "Boston in Flux", compositing modern day footage of the city of Boston with archival footage from the city's past. The film followed Villanova and Hawke's shared passions for film, Boston & history.
Following a positive reception, Paul Villanova produced 3 additional films between 2016 & 2017, each directed by a filmmaker local to the city in question. "Detroit in Flux" was made by Padrick Ritch, "NYC in Flux" was made by Charlie Rockosny & Matt Simon, and "Los Angeles in Flux" was made by Oleg Bolotov.
Individual film descriptions below.
"Boston in Flux" is short film that reveals how the City of Boston has changed over the last century. The filmmakers recreated shots of well-known locations across the city, transitioning each location from how it appeared in the 1920s to how it appears today. Locations visited in the film include the State House, the Public Gardens, the Boston Public Library, the North End, Faneuil Hall, East Boston, and Charlestown.
"Detroit in Flux" is short film that reveals how Detroit has changed over the last century. The filmmaker recreated shots of well-known locations, iconography, and the people of Detroit, transposing space and cultural over the past century. Locations visited in the film include Belle Isle, the Packard Automotive Plant, The Detroit Institute of Art, Greek Town, The Ambassador Bridge, Hamtramck, Midtown, Dequindre Cut, Eastern Market, and Michigan Central Station.
"NYC in Flux" is a short film that depicts the vast and rapid transformation New York City has undergone over the last century. Utilizing historical film footage from the first half of the 20th Century the filmmakers have recreated shots of New York City landmarks to reveal the transformation to present day. Locations visited in the film include Grand Central Station, Rockefeller Center, The New York Public Library, Washington Square Park, The Empire State Building, The Flatiron Building, Central Park, and The Verrazano Bridge.
“Los Angeles in Flux” is a short film in a series of films that looks at cities and how they change over time. The film was produced by Paul Villanova, the creator of the original short film “Boston in Flux” that was the inspiration for “Los Angeles in Flux” and two other films about New York City and Detroit. Local Los Angeles filmmaker and photographer Oleg Bolotov used timelapse photography and effects to explore the change in landmarks such as the City Hall, Griffith Observatory and Union Station.
About the Music
The original score for "Boston in Flux" was mixed and produced by Marc Valois. It is a blend of period recordings and new compositions. Marc is a recording engineer, musician, and partner / founder of Starlab Studios.