Eight Million Stories

Eight Million Stories, still

Eight Million Stories, still

Eight Million Stories, my thesis film for the Columbia University Oral History M.A. program, is about finding identity in place. I'd wager to say that the most (playfully) contentious place-based identity is that of the New Yorker. People guard this identity with fervor and wear it as a badge of pride. But in a city of immigrants and out-of-towners, what does it mean to be a New Yorker? And in turn, how do New Yorkers define the city they so love?

Eight Million Stories, signature image

Eight Million Stories, signature image

Eight Million Stories, still

Eight Million Stories, still

I explore these questions with a series of man-on-street chats, as well as oral history interviews with historians, artists, bloggers who are all obsessed with New York. You can view the film and read the annotated transcript at the Columbia University Oral History Research Office archives in Butler Library.