The Lost Tribes of New York City

Filmmakers Andy and Carolyn London (A Letter to Colleen) interviewed people around New York City and transposed their voices onto inanimate objects. The result could be likened to a grittier (and more disturbing) version of Creature Comforts. Andy told me that to covertly record the two drunks who appear in the short, he had to slouch down on the ground next to them in Penn Station and act drunk while pretending to listen to music. I think it was well worth the effort.


  • http://www.richardjgaines.blogspot.com Richard Gaines

    Ha! Ha! I loved it!! It seemed so natural.

  • http://blendfilms.com Patrick Smith

    Brilliant. Carolyn and Andy seem to be getting better with each short they produce. Their style is so experimental, in the true sense of the term. They are not dedicated to a single medium.. they jump around from clay, stop motion, cut out, live action roto, to THIS. keeps us all wanting more, and wondering what will come next! Nice work !!!

  • Mitch K

    Totally awesome. :D

  • Gobo

    I love their technique and style, but I feel like they could’ve put more thought into what objects they were using. A lot of the humor of Creature Comforts came from the way they perfectly paired animals with what the interviewees were talking about (pigs talking about cleanliness, etc). When you’ve got a bright-red traffic post talking about how proud she is that she’s black, you lose that completely. Where’s the humor in a telephone talking about his love of street music? Why not a boombox?

  • Sam E

    Too bad it’s not executed well.

  • http://guilherme.tv Gui

    That’s really nice.

  • http://www.rauchbrothers.com Tim Rauch

    Andy and Carolyn have already shown themselves to be brilliant writers, and it’s great to see them working with “found sound” here. Bravo! This thing had the ASIFA-East jury rolling in their seats last week.

  • http://theAMIGOunit.com Nate Milton

    SOOOOOOO good. damn. I’m inspired.

  • Dave

    This is a fresh update on what Bakshi did in “Fritz the Cat”, using real people he recorded in a Harlem bar. John Hubley also did it with his own kids in the 1950′s. It always works because real people on the track so seldom occurs in animation, a medium bogged down by narcissistic voice actors and lately major move stars working for hideous upfront bucks severely impacting the production budget.

  • Victor

    God i love New York! Awesome!

  • http://www.elliotelliotelliot.com Elliot Cowan

    I say give a hale and hearty “HUZZAH!” to this film.

  • Paul N

    Very cool, although I wonder why it’s been described as “disturbing.”

  • David Levy

    A very creative film… Andy and Caroline London are very exciting filmmakers. And, I admire their commitment to spinning out a neat new film every year.

  • http://anne.six8.fr Anne

    I like when such creative people make us discover new ways of talking about town ! These ones are very clever and poetic !

  • linda beck

    Creative, simple, and well-executed. One of my favourites from the ASIFA east Jury Screenings.