It’s a small world, isn’t it?
There are connections and ties amongst the people we know that we never even knew about. Sometimes, it’s a nice surprise, to know that you have friends in common with the people you love. Sometimes, it’s not so great, as shown in Elsewhere NY, Jeffrey P. Nesker’s new film showing at the East End Film Festival.
As good as it is, Elsewhere, NY does have its issues; for one, the camera work and editing are a little shoddy. Now this can generally be forgiven due to the small budget (It’s actually impressive at times), but it can be annoying. Quite often, maybe every 10-20 seconds in some scenes, the camera blurs. At first you might wonder if it’s intentional, but the more it happens, the less likely it seems. The out of focus moments happen far too often and it can be really distracting. On top of that, some shots in the film are distractingly close up, so you don’t really know what’s going on and puts you in quite an uncomfortable place. The only other issue is the performances from Andrew Leland Rogers and Fiona Graham, who don’t have the most engaging screen presences, and parts of their performances feel a bit lazy, plus they lack chemistry with the rest of the cast.
This is Nesker’s first feature film, and, hopefully, it will get the love it deserves. Elsewhere, NY has it’s issues, but overall it’s an impressive film that makes great use of what it’s got, and is definitely a treat at this year’s EEFF.