New York, I Love You

Director: Iquo B. Essien
Country: USA
Year: 2016
Running Time: 20 min.
Language: English

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Viviane is a neurotic, struggling actress given to childish flights of fancy. Kazembe, her actor ex-boyfriend, had been the only constant in her life for the past four years until their recent breakup. On a whim, V decides to move to Los Angeles to revive her dwindling career. She thinks she can just skip out of town, until her best friend Sophie plans a surprise party and invites Kazembe. New York, I Love You takes us on Viviane’s journey through love, loss, and goodbyes in snapshots of a dying relationship set against the backdrop of one of the world’s most beloved cities. But can Viviane really leave New York and Kazembe, the love of her life, behind?

About the Director

Iquo B. Essien

iquo essienBiography: Iquo B. Essien is a Nigerian-American writer, director and photographer. Her short film, Aissa’s Story, was a regional semifinalist in the 2013 Student Academy Awards. She is currently adapting the short into a feature film while writing a memoir, Elizabeth’s Daughter, about losing her mother to cancer and finding herself through writing.

Ms. Essien drafted a debut novel, Alligator Legs, for which she received a 2009 Hedgebrook Writers’ Residency. Her publishing credits include the Dreams at Dawn anthology, as well as online and print magazines NigeriansTalkThe African Magazine, PopMatters, and the Stanford Black Arts Quarterly.

Ms. Essien attended Stanford University and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film Program. Her production company, Editi Films, is fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas, a charitable organization that helps artists and art organizations create engaging, publicly beneficial work. Iquo divides her time between Brooklyn and Lagos, and writes a popular blog, Alligator Legs, about art and life.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Aissa’s Story (2014)
New York, I Love You (2016)

Filmography:
How to Make Afang Soup (2008);
New York, I Love You (2013);
Aissa’s Story (2013)
New York, I Love You (2016)