SOLO NYC Cast and

Helen Levi

Solo NYC Film - Helen Levi

Helen Levi is owner of Helen Levi Ceramics, and a freelance potter and photographer whose studio is based in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Born and raised in New York’s East Village, she has been profiled in Businessweek, GLAMOUR, ELLE, Vogue, Saveur and Bon Apetit, among other lifestyle and design publications. Levi began taking pottery classes in elementary school and continued through college, where she taught peers the craft despite studying photography. Today, a search for Levi and her work on Pinterest yields thousands of shares.

Interview with Helen

Alex Trochut

Solo NYC Film - Alex Trochut

Alex Trochut is an award-winning designer, illustrator and typography artist based in New York City. A native of Barcelona, Spain, his talents have been tapped by clients like Nike, Adidas, The Rolling Stones, Katy Perry, BBC, British Airways, Coca-Cola, Pepsi and The New York Times. Influenced by pop culture, street culture, fashion and music, Trochut’s unique style has made him an icon in his space, garnering accolades from the Grammy Awards (nominated for best packaging in 2016), Art Directors Club, the Type Directors Club, the Creative Review, and more. He has more than 50K followers and 1M views on Behance. In 2011, he published the compilation book, “MORE IS MORE.”

Interview with Alex

Zipeng Zhu

Solo NYC Film - Zipeng Zhu

A former senior designer for esteemed design studios Sagmeister & Walsh and Pentagram, Zipeng Zhu runs an independently owned and operated creative studio, DAZZLE, from his Brooklyn home. His exuberant and colorful design, illustration and animation work has made him an icon and source of inspiration in the design community, with his projects garnering more than 400,000 views on Behance alone. Zhu grew up in China and moved to New York in 2009 to pursue his passion for design after abandoning his prior career path as a biochemist.

Interview with Zipeng

Adrina Urbina

Solo NYC Film - Adriana Urbina

Adriana Urbina is an independent chef and owner of Tepuy Dining, a Venezuelan inspired pop-up dining company based in Brooklyn. Urbina has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, and Eater and was recently named winner of the Food Network competition “Chopped.” Born in Caracas, Venezuela, she began cooking at age 12 and attained a double culinary degree from Le École of Alain Ducasse in France and Sumito Esteves in Venezuela. Since then, her pedigree has taken her to various Michelin Star restaurants before launching her own business in New York.

Interview with Adriana

Daniel Soares (Director)

A freelancer himself, Daniel Soares is a decorated advertising creative who has picked up awards from the One Show, the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, the CLIO Awards and more. His work on behalf of brands like Beats by Dre, Jordan and Visa has been featured by ABC News, Fast Company and Mashable. In addition to his creative work, Soares pursues film projects that offer an intimate perspective into the untold stories of everyday people who live extraordinary lifestyles. This lens into filmmaking made Soares the perfect partner for “SOLO NYC.”

»The thread across all of my projects is a chance to feel something and then extend that feeling with the audience«
Solo NYC Film - Daniel Soares

“The thread across all of my projects is a chance to feel something and then extend that feeling with the audience,” Soares said. “This project was especially near and dear to my heart as it involved bringing to life the unique stories and perspectives of fellow freelancers who, like myself, call New York home.”


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Directed by Daniel Soares Produced by AND.CO Featuring Alex Trochut, Helen Levi, Zipeng Zhu, Adriana Urbina Director of Photography Anna Solano Editor Alvaro Del Val Colorist Joe Wenkoff 1st AC Alex Kosorukov Post Production Uppercut Music by Nordmeister, Unseen Music, Almkvist, Steven Gutheinz Sound Brian Bernard
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