V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

BLANK CITY

V' 10

BLANK CITY

Céline Danhier
USA, 2009
Documentaries, 94min, OF

BLANK CITY

Céline Danhier
USA, 2009
Documentaries, 94min, OF

Actors: 
Amos Poe
Ann Magnuson
Becky Johnston
Beth B
Bette Gordon
Cassandra Stark
Mele
Charlie Ahearn
Daze
Debbie Harry
Eric Mitchell
Fab 5 Freddy
Glenn O’Brien
Jack Sargeant
James Chance
James Nares
Jim Jarmusch
J. G. Thirlwell
John Lurie
John Waters
Screenplay: 
Céline Danhier
Sound: 
Claire Houghtalen
Camera: 
Ryo Murakami
Peter Szollosi
Editor: 
Vanessa Roworth
Composer: 
Patti Smith
Television
Sonic Youth
Contortions
Lydia Lunch
Bush Tetras
DNA

Production: 
Pure Fragment Films Submarine Entertainment
World Sales: 
Celluloid Dreams
Format: 
Video (Digi Beta)
Color and Black/White

If ever a neighborhood could symbolize economic devastation, it would be Manhattan’s Bowery in the 70’s and 80’s. Overrun by crumbling squats populated with drug addicts and prostitutes and flophouses for the homeless, this depraved landscape was nevertheless a fertile playground for artists, musicians and filmmakers like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Patti Smith, Jim Jarmusch and the Ramones, who came to epitomize Downtown style. Blank City is peppered with hilarious anecdotes from the major downtown players when they were all young, poor and struggling. The documentary also shows rare and quite beautiful Super-8 and 16 millimeter footage of the first films directed by Eric Mitchell, Charlie Ahearn, Lizzie Borden and Amos Poe, who is credited with starting what’s known as No Wave Cinema. Often the stars of these Do-It-Yourself films would be musicians like the young Debbie Harry and local slackers Vincent Gallo and Steve Buscemi. The cross-pollination of music, cinema and art was clearly at its most intense. (Joy Dietrich)

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