ANGELS IN NEW YORK CITY

"Angels in NYC.” I wrote the song some time after I moved by myself to search for spiritual guidance. I addressed these questions to NYC because I had just arrived and in some way, I felt that the love I have for this city and it's music scene could be the answers.
I co-wrote this song with the Grammy awarded songwriter Itaal Shur and Kelsey Warren aka Blak Emoji.
I released the song just before the pandemic started so the shooting of the music video got paused.
In the summer I started again with the rehearsals. Also, I started a GoFundMe Campaign to be able to shoot the music video. Finally, we shot it in Autumn and released it in December.
The music video is directed by Peter Dressel. It's all shot on a Bushwick's rooftop. Johari Mayfield created a series of short choreographic sections based on dance theatre movements that accompany the acting and the photography.
I wanted to include some dance because this music video is an homage to my mom who was sick at hospital from Covid 19 in the beginning of the pandemic. My mom was the one who introduced me to the dance world. I started taking dancing classes when I was six. After that,
would come acting and music but first was dancing. The music video is an emotional homage to all of this. We all have different ways of dealing with the pain , mine was a reaffirmation to what has once given me wings. That has always been the performing arts and love, of course.
My mom recovered from Covid so there's also a sense of hope. It's a reaffirmation of life.
At the end of the song there's an excerpt from Sleepless City, a poem by Federico Garcia Lorca that expresses the anguish of New York City back in the 1929 when the stock market crash brought misery and poverty to its population.
The music video was released on Films On Go TV, a platform for independent films and filmmakers , thanks to Aphrodite Film Awards NYC (who has awarded my work multiple times) and Alexa Films LLC support.

  • Peter Dressel
    Director
  • Meïa Santiago
    Writer
  • Meïa Santiago
    Producer
  • Meïa Santiago
    Key Cast
  • Meïa Santiago
    Music
  • Itaal Shur
    Music
  • Kelsey Warren
    Music
  • Meïa Santiago
    Lyrics
  • Itaal Shur
    Lyrics
  • Kelsey Warren
    Lyrics
  • Project Type:
    Music Video
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 26, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Films On Go TV

    November 27, 2020
Distribution Information
  • Alexa Films LLC
    Distributor
    Country: United States
    Rights: Free TV
Director Biography - Peter Dressel

New York based interior photographer Peter Dressel is as passionate about New York City as he is about photography. Two years after receiving a camera for his birthday he moved to New York to pursue a career as a photographer and to document the city he loves so much.

For the past ten years he has specialized in interior photography for interior designers and architects in New York. He is also known for his portraiture and documentary photography for several non-profits.

His personal work includes projects documenting Nanny’s in Manhattan and the New York slam poetry scene as well as recently completed projects in Vietnam and India. His current project is photographing the changes happening in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn which, is now the place he calls home

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