The mariachi descending the stairs rode the 7 Local west to east to Jackson Heights, Queens, innerborough New York's heart, Seven Local Film's home. The 7 line erupts above ground in Flushing, a whale breaching the sea; rumbling on atop century-old elevated rails, it hugs Roosevelt Avenue from above . . .
Coursing through NYC's contemporary cosmopolis, the 7 Local stops in the innerborough's intercontinental transnations – from across Asia, the Americas, the Middle East, Europe in Flushing, Corona, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Woodside, Sunnyside – before roller-coastering into Long Island City, feinting toward Astoria, and twisting on to Hunters Point, beyond which its eleven cars dive beneath the East River to subway the rest of their way west – no more local stops – passing under Times Square, where transient hordes from everywhere, but least of all the city, consume mass-made amusements, before it pivots south towards the Javits Center, exhibition space for visiting commerce.
The 7's termini offer evocative counterpoints: Manhattan's Hudson Yards is a social enclave of homogenized development, a high-rise suburbia that blocks the city; Flushing's Main Street is a bustling urban center of social diversity and transnationality.
Globality is always local. On both sides of any transnational equation people come from one particular place to live in another. Accordingly, it fits that New York's most global borough is the only one in which inhabitants customarily address their mail with neighborhood (rather than borough) postal designations –– Jamaica, Rego Park, Maspeth, Ridgewood, Middle Village, Ozone Park and so on – not Queens; village and town legacies resonate across time and place, transhistorically and translocally, in Queens today.
The mariachi who traveled south to north from Puebla to Queens indexes the creative energy – the diverse working cultures – on which urban vitality, on which metropolitan New York, depends. This innerborough cosmopolitanism generates SLF, which audiovisualizes the dynamic relationships between present and past, art and research, the screen and the world around it.