Vote for Your Favorite Uncommon Economic Indicators Video

Friday, July 10, 2009 - 10:00 AM

Your Uncommon Economics Indicators is now 6 months old, with over 600 stories and more than 450 contributors. To celebrate our half birthday, we sent a challenge out to our collaborators and to WNYC listeners, inviting them to send us uncommon VIDEO economic indicators. Twenty people responded with unique points of view on the economy’s effects on their lives and their neighborhoods. Cast your vote for one of our semi-finalists below.

The top three choices will be screened for our guest judges in the Greene Space and the winner will have their video screened this summer by Rooftop films.

Thanks to everyone who put the time and love into your videos. We really enjoyed every submission, and altogether, they help tell the story of how the recession is affecting each of us.

You can view all the submissions on our Youtube channel.

NOTE: This poll closed at 12 p.m. on July 24th. Thanks for your 1,258 votes!

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Comments [63]

Connie Smith

Shoemaker gentleman video gets my vote. Such a wonderful looking man and such a wise man! This represents the best of the human condition...a person who carries on with hope even when things are tough with compassion for his fellow men who are also struggling. (Runner up is Hal Hala...very artistic!)

Jul. 30 2009 12:24 PM
Ernest Vega

The darkest hour is just before the dawn.

Jul. 24 2009 11:58 AM
John Wilson

Great work!

Jul. 24 2009 11:54 AM

Life on Location - i like this one

Jul. 23 2009 11:41 PM

i like this one.

Jul. 23 2009 11:40 PM
Daniel Goode

My votes: know nothing
2-The great recession has...
3-Stuck in the rain

Jul. 23 2009 09:05 PM

7th Ave has my vote. Sad to see a once vibrant neighborhood looking so forlorn.

Jul. 23 2009 02:40 PM

Bond and State!!!!

Jul. 23 2009 02:33 PM
josh parfonito


Jul. 23 2009 10:20 AM
Lily Marlene

Whoa- Congratulations to all the contestants. It's a tough call, but Bond and State really blew me away. I can't wait to see the follow-up!

Jul. 23 2009 09:31 AM

Great mini documentary on small businesses in Brooklyn. The first has a more grim perspective on the future, but in the end the merchants tend to look up and see a positive twist on the recession. Great work Gaby. Awesome that you could use some of Clement's work too.

Jul. 23 2009 09:30 AM
Arno Kourula

Bond&State. Great work!

Jul. 23 2009 09:25 AM
Gabriella Etmektsoglou

My very favorite is Bond and State! Excellent work!

Jul. 23 2009 07:45 AM
Peter Robinson

video: F.G. Illustrated: Hala Hala’s

Jul. 22 2009 08:58 AM

Life on Location: I laughed, I cried. It's a strange new side of greenpoint - the next movie capital of the east.

Jul. 21 2009 04:36 PM
Ms Pacman

7th Ave Blues is magical!

Jul. 21 2009 11:46 AM

Bond and State for sure! Very moving

Jul. 20 2009 03:34 PM

7th avenue blues is in the lead? This film is totally unoriginal. I'm shocked that Jazzgiving isn't getting more votes.

Jul. 20 2009 01:37 PM
alex Rideau

I vote for the two elderly ladies. It's one of my economic nightmare come trued. I wish there was more of her!

Jul. 20 2009 12:47 PM
anne fahey

Loved it, so touching!

Jul. 20 2009 09:32 AM
Catherine O

Very moving, human and full of hope ...

Jul. 19 2009 03:18 PM
Alexandra Brito

Bond and State, no doubts!!!

Jul. 19 2009 10:57 AM
Anne F

BOND AND STATE! Simple, eloquent, and moving. A poignant economic indicator.

Jul. 18 2009 10:04 PM
Emily Isaacson

yay sean!!

Jul. 18 2009 02:10 PM
Josh Milne

I like Chris Tignor's video. But what's going on with the fire-lighters at 0:27?

Jul. 17 2009 07:05 PM
karen a petersen

The Eddy work is terriffic!

Jul. 17 2009 02:01 PM

7th ave blues is amazing/

Jul. 17 2009 10:39 AM
mary ann oppold

Seventh Av by Sean McGee shows the most original idea without words. Pictures are worth a thousand words.

Jul. 16 2009 05:36 PM
Caytha Jentis

I vote for 7th Avenue Blues. Here's hoping business' comes back. Such a great neighborhood.

Jul. 16 2009 04:45 PM
Glen Ganaway

I'm one of the 19 votes for Jazzgiving. This was so indicative of what happens when economies contract. Friends get together to make a better life. NOT moan about the way things are. Oh well. I'm going to remain positive and look for opportunities.

Jul. 16 2009 01:05 PM
Judy Mahler

Maybe if we look up, clear our heads of the noise, super-active technicolor visions, give ourselves a chance to think, we would gain a sense of perspective. Maybe!

Jul. 16 2009 11:04 AM
Eda Busby

Hala Hala makes such an observence of what an average day in America is these days. Drink energy drinks to work more hours and work more hours to pay more for energy drinks...what a concept! Great work of art...on many levels.

Jul. 15 2009 03:48 PM

voting for life on location

Jul. 15 2009 02:20 PM
Shas Borchardt

Energy Drink wins - hands down.

Jul. 15 2009 09:12 AM

I can see how Royce is too out there for WNYC. And it wasn't made for the contest, But it should get a special mention or something.

Jul. 14 2009 10:56 PM
Michael Kersten

Mo energy. drink.

Jul. 14 2009 10:17 PM

loved the arabic illustration. the increased purchase of energy drinks to make people excited about "finding work" or working more hours is definately an uncommon economic indicator.

Jul. 14 2009 06:43 PM


Jul. 14 2009 01:55 PM
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Jul. 14 2009 01:42 PM
Juliana Luecking

Sorry, but how do I vote on another video besides these five?

I don't see my video in this grouping. Do I vote at YouTube?



Jul. 14 2009 11:15 AM
Rachel Gardam

Life on location!

Jul. 14 2009 07:01 AM
brendan m.

I think I found my religion

Jul. 14 2009 04:52 AM
Pera pronin

the video"life on location" is the contains so many moments of our time both humorous and depressing.

Jul. 14 2009 01:28 AM
Bradley Kemp

I noticed that the videos go highest to lowest votes. Is your website automatically ordering them that way or does it show that people gradually stop watching/voting as they go down the page ;^). Very cool project, would like to see the survey interface randomized...
Maybe it's an uncommon economic indicator that i have enough time on my hands to notice - LOL.

Jul. 14 2009 12:22 AM
Cam Weimar

excellent, authentic depiction of a brooklyn bodega

Jul. 13 2009 10:48 PM

StJohn youre a star

Jul. 13 2009 10:42 PM
john ortiz


Jul. 13 2009 08:34 PM

i vote for Chris Tignor's video

Jul. 13 2009 07:32 PM
hank hudson

This one gets my vote!

Jul. 13 2009 05:22 PM
Our Man Eddy - The Local - Fort-Greene Blog - NYTi

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Jul. 13 2009 05:11 PM

Maybe Royce was too out there for WNYC, and I guess it wasn't made specifically for the contest. It deserves 'best thing on you tube' though.

Jul. 13 2009 05:03 PM
alice walker

I like all the videos but I vote for ROYCE.

Jul. 13 2009 02:47 PM
Valeria M Korber

I like the idea of No Lost, No Gain. It gives hope, that we lost now, but you can get stronger with faith and in the future be okay! Good job!! :) Val

Jul. 13 2009 01:59 PM


Jul. 13 2009 01:46 PM

Hala Hala just made me guffaw when he said "Energy drink"! Anyone who can make me laugh aloud these days gets my vote.

Jul. 13 2009 12:26 PM

7th avenue blues imagery says it all!

Jul. 13 2009 10:58 AM
mary westring

Your web site is very difficult to navigate in general and this one concerning the vote for the short videos in particular. It is not clear at all how to cast a vote.

Jul. 13 2009 10:23 AM
Barbara Abramson

7th Ave Blues captures the feeling of creeping desolation in my favorite neighborhood, a true village where neighbors should be able to support each other if things were right in the economy.

Jul. 13 2009 09:58 AM
Susan Moskowitz

I 3rd the comment on Royce and write in my vote for the Royce Video. These people at wnyc know not what they do as far as running contests. This is silly voting procedure.

No gain no loss

Jul. 12 2009 09:43 PM
Karla Harby

All these videos are such moving work, it was difficult to choose just one. My gratitude to the film makers and to wnyc for giving their reflections a forum.

Jul. 12 2009 07:07 AM
V. Hansmann

this is but a snapshot of much greater retail decline. Woe is us.

Jul. 11 2009 11:32 AM
harvey Katz

I 2nd this comment!
I can’t believe that the video of the two elderly ladies was not picked as a semi finalist. With all due respect and I do like all the videos but the Royce video has to be one of the best things I’ve seen on youtube. How did you pick your semi finalist? Or as Royce would say ” God on a Wheel!” Is it because it is too real? Because the word Shiit is used. Is it too violent. It shows real emotion and behavior that reflects Uncommon Economic Indictors!

Jul. 10 2009 12:11 PM
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