Rhythm of the City, a Animated Film Showcasing BUA's Art Through the Eyes of Julie Gratz

To say the City has gone through some changes over the past 30 years would be an understatement. In this short video from Bushwick animator Julie Gratz and Tribeca Film, four 1980’s paintings from artist BUA come to life through animation and music, showing just how different the City is now.

Directed and animated by Bushwick-based filmmaker Julie Gratz, it’s a two-minute excursion into an otherworldly version of New York City in the 1980s, turning four classic paintings from acclaimed artist Justin Bua—or, simply, BUA—into one vibrantly lifelike trip, via the magic of Photoshop. Gratz’s reinterpretations of BUA’s “The DJ,” “1981” and “The Boombox” are backed by an original musical composition from collaborators DJ Qbert and world-renown cellist Dana Leong. The cumulative effect is like entering the mind of a two-headed Crazy Legs/Ralph Bakshi hybrid.

Check out the accompanying article for more on the short.

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's food scene with his Wife and the outdoors with their three dogs. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time working from a treadmill desk at home.

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