I set out to make my first film in the spring of 2019, and asked my friend and neighbor if I could follow him for a “day in the life” of a building superintendent. What followed was the discovery that a day in Jeffrey’s life was full of so much more than I ever expected. Gentrification, poverty, and the power of memory emerged as the major themes of his story, and continue to serve as a broader allegory for the lives of many New Yorkers today.
Jeffrey and I have been neighbors for nearly five years, and struck up an easy friendship because my 100 lb dog, OB, fell in love with him. Every morning, we greet Jeffrey on our walk and he updates us with the latest neighborhood news. His stories of coaching the Inwood Little League baseball team and putting out fires at summer street fairs never cease to entertain, but the heart of our conversations is always Jeffrey’s love for the great city of New York and the people in it.
This film is my homage to a wonderful friend, neighbor, and real-life superhero.