I started messing around with web video in 2004, shortly after Jonah was born. For a while, I shot a bunch of short videos of him and posted them to this site. It was a way for me to document his babyhood and learn the ins and outs of web video. And it was fun. As often happens though, I slowed down. The last video I posted was this one in 2009. But I’ve held on to just about every second of footage I shot as well as the several video projects I started editing and never finished. So I think it’s high time to go back to the vaults and, at least, finish the 2 or 3 videos I started but left alone for whatever reason.
So here is one from circa Dec. 2004 when Jonah was just a few months old and when our uncle Ivan gave us a behind the scenes tour of the New York Aquarium at Coney Island, Brooklyn where he volunteers to this day. My father-in-law, Jeremiah, who was visiting us at the time, makes an appearance as well. It’s one of the few times I got Jerry on video before he passed away about a year after this was shot.
Last week I finally rescued this short film from outdated format oblivion thanks to my friend Alan Levine who helped me salvage the editing I did years ago and inspired me to stop obsessing over minutiae that no one but me would care about and finally finish the video. Back in 2004, Antonella, a friend and fellow former Brooklynite, encouraged me to publish this video and waited and waited but I didn’t feel that it was ready and we both eventually forgot about it. Now here it is, Anto. Enjoy.