York Spirit inspires a worldwide audience
to recognize unity in the heart of diverse self expression.
The film travels through all five boroughs of New York City
and presents an unbiased display of multiple cultural, religious
and spiritual disciplines. New York Spirit
is about how individual New Yorkers choose to connect to
a higher truth and meaning in everyday life.
New York Spirit
depicts a composite day in New York through 90 minutes of
rich and colorful images of New Yorkers practicing the diverse
ways that they choose to connect to God or Spirit. New
York Spirit is not an analytical or educational
documentary; instead it is a journey through which the audience
shares in the experience of its subjects without narration
or explanation. The striking visual imagery, shot in High
Definition Television (HDTV), will be accompanied by a symphony
of relevant and uplifting music. The soundtrack will be
recorded and mixed fully in 5.1 digital surround sound to
accentuate the experiential nature of the film.
New York Spirit presents prayer
in silence, prayer in movement, prayer in song or in speech
and prayer in work. New York Spirit
will reveal worship of the heart, hands, mind, feet, voice
and body in all types of distinct New York locations.
New York Spirit
is a prayer, an affirmation for a positive future for our
This film celebrates the spiritual
heart of New York City which is a paradigm for a new global
future. It is a missive of peace. Cultures are integrating
all over the world and unfortunately we hear about it only
when there are problems. We don’t hear how integration
brilliantly enhances communities. People fear that mingling
with other cultures means the destruction of their own heritage.
In New York, conflict is the exception not the rule.
New York Spirit
director Muriel Stockdale remembers a scene that helped
crystallize the vision for this film in her mind:
“The really great thing is that here we can
worship in anyway we choose. Within a week after 9/11,
I saw an Islamic devotee place his prayer rug in the middle
of a busy sidewalk on Broadway and bow toward Mecca. This
man experienced religious freedom her in New York at a
time when others around the country were afraid and experiencing
New York Spirit is a feast for
the soul that reveals how individuals personally celebrate
their heritage with utter freedom of cultural or personal
self-expression and spiritual love. Everyday we see individuals
taking time to honor their own spirit. It is our great secret
here in NYC that on just about every block there is a temple,
a church, a mosque, an ashram or another place of worship.
New York homes are filled with sacred images and statues,
altars, pujas, and shrines from all sorts of disciplines.
Millions of prayers are chanted everyday.
It is our dream that our future holds consciousness for
all people where self-expression, color, race, creed, adornment
and all the trappings of the physical form do not separate
hearts. We love the variety of cultures that co-exist here
in this great City. We love the different colors, sounds,
and symbols that define the different expressions and celebrations
of spirit. Harmony generally prevails among our hundreds
of different faiths here in New York City. This harmony
is New York Spirit.