Shelter in Place

March 20th through April 29th, 2020 was a very dark time for New York City, and a time we should do our best not to return to.
Shot entirely from my apartment window during the first month of the city’s “Shelter in Place” directive, this film is a winding conversation about the fears, anxieties, and hopes of the residents of my street, Claremont Avenue, in Manhattan. Hopefully this film serves not only as a look back at what it was like to be alive during New York City’s coronavirus lockdown, but also a cautionary note as to why we should continue doing everything in our power to stop the spread of the virus right now.
Wear a mask, be safe, save lives. We can’t go back.

Director, Editor, Cinematographer – Matthew Beck
Camera Operator – Elissa Castles
Colorist – Colin Travers at Forager
Sound Engineer – Michael Beharie at Aucah Audio
Titles – Matt Kalish
Music – Colin Stetson

This film has been featured by the #sheltershorts initiative. Make your own and submit it to

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