A car drives by Steve’s Speaker Store at night. A bicycle leans against the building. A sign says “come on in!” A fan whirs on a table inside. On the wall, to the right, an animated Steve Lacy, sings on a black-and-white poster. The speakers throb throughout the store. Against a fiery sun background, he appears on the televisions near the stereos.
He falls like a paper doll out of the poster into an amber background. Wearing a purple outfit, he passes by flowers and leaves. He sings within a red heart on a card standing on display on the table. Against a bubblegum pink background, he dances as black-and-white small hearts float by him. On the bulletin board, he stands outside the store, his elbow on the a speaker. A door opens. Multi-colored lights glow from the hole in the floor as people dance.
Back in black-and-white, he dances on a t-shirt, hanging over a speaker. In color, he walks back and forth on the television screens. On a store coffee cup, an animated Lacy continues to sing as it turns in the microwave. A miniature of himself sits on the record as it spins on the turntable. An animated Lacy sings on a video on his cell phone. An animated billboard of Lacy dancing appears on a semi-truck as it drives past the store. On top of a skyscraper, an animated Lacy sings on a billboard.
In infrared magenta, he continues to sing. His head, which is multiplied hundreds of times, forms a pattern. Smoke moves over the bridge in the city.
Steve Lacy turns the key in the lock and opens the door of his store. Usually, people would be milling around, turning up on the stereo and bobbing their heads. They’d analyze each speaker. He’d schedule the car installations for his customers. He sits in his office and takes out checks for two employees. The checks had just arrived before the lockdown. Unfortunately, they hadn’t been able to pick them up. He puts the stamps on the envelopes and puts them in the mailbox on the corner.
As he walks around the store, he sees the posters for shows in the area. All of the the shows had been cancelled within the last month. It seemed to be from a different time. One of the musicians had been hospitalized with the virus. The musician was a regular at the store and often invited him to his shows at the club next door. By now, the line at the club would be filling up. Lacy walks back into the store and closes it up again.
Lacy straightens up the store and dusts it. There had a few orders for some merchandise. Some of his regular customers wanted to show their support. He was grateful for the work. The work had just stopped. The few orders were going to pay his bills for the month. His family promised to help him. However, he was scared he was going to lose the store. He had filled out an application for a loan and was waiting for an answer. But he didn’t know what he was going to do until then. He wraps up the boxes and brings them to his car. The next stop was the post office.
Director: N/A Year: 2020