MORE ABOUT KAYA
"Inside of Love" by Nada Surf
"Strongest Man in the World" by Menomena
"Firefly," "When She Goes Out," "Memphis," by Jucifer
"A Boulder Tycoon or Enya" and "This Geometric Is Written Is" by SPRCSS
Additional songs by Osis and The Humans
Original score by Daniel Berk
Kaya is playing July 23, 2011 at the Real to Reel Film Festival outside Charlotte, North Carolina.
THE NAME CHANGE
This film was originally titled "The Messenger" (as you can see on Facebook) but was changed to "Kaya" which is the title character's name.
All of the city cycling shots were shot in the streets of New York using four different techniques. The camera is always moving along with the cyclists. Scenes in Iowa allowed for the camera to be on a tripod.
Kaya is a senior in high school in a quiet Iowa town. Her passion is cycling but her best friend and her mother do not take her seriously. To prove herself she forsakes home and comes to the city to become a bike messenger.
The end of the film and the beginning of the film are the same moment in time.
Took place March-November, 2009 and January 2010. First Cut completed July 2010.
ABOUT THE INSPIRATION
Cycling home drunk and harboring a head cold in Sunset Park on a rainy night the thought hit me that I could die at any moment. My GF at the time had just headed off to travel in China, India and SE Asia for six months and I was alone in a windowless room in a small apartment on 63rd street in Brooklyn. I caught a fever dream that night and saw a bike messenger delivering a package to an art gallery and staying to look at the art. The messenger noticed a picture of a street with a gathering around a car/bike accident with the bike from the accident hanging grotesquely from a leaveless winter tree. She looked closer and recognized the victim on the ground: It was her. Stunned she steps back and knocks in to a paper-maché art installation of a winter tree and hanging over her head -- is her bike. Then she wakes up from the dream and she's in the hospital. Three years later you have this film.