New York filmmaker Anthony Sherin describes his latest film as “pure serendipity,” in a post on the New York Times.
He wrote that as he went to his desk thinking he was ready to start another film, he heard someone tickling the keys of a piano. The source? It was outside on the street in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. It was just left there.
“I was mesmerized by the pattern that emerged,” Sherin wrote. “Passers-by would slow, stop and play. Some played well. All day long they collected and dispersed, and into the night they measured, shoved and deliberated the piano’s fate.”
He mind-reads the thoughts of many who stopped by, saying that no one wanted to leave it there. Many pondered if they’d somehow be able to take the grand instrument home.
The next morning though, the piece, which many clearly expressed interest in making their own (if they could), was broken down with sledge hammers and swept away.
Putting together still photographs he took with an original piano score by his friend Art Labriola, Sherin had his film, which he says he’s shown at festivals.
Watch the artful piece depicting an abandoned instrument’s fate in “Solo, Piano — N.Y.C.”: