Local NY filmmakers Ryan O’Hara Theisen and Mary Crosse have started an open film competition to highlight the five boroughs’ eclectic neighborhoods and its eight million diverse characters. On My Block (OMB) invites ordinary New Yorkers to make teams with their neighbors to create one to five-minute films using their residential block as the setting, according to Metro NY. Each team is responsible for supplying its own equipment, but can make their short film using any video recording device – even an iPhone. Finished films are then submitted to the OMB website, where the public votes for their favorites by liking them on Vimeo.
The top-rated 15 films will be screened at a private OMB film festival in November. Though also a great opportunity to learn new technical and artistic skills through the film making process, OMB’s primary mission is to provide an opportunity for neighbors to introduce themselves, join together and build lasting relationships.