With occasional reflection on the perpetual absurdity/intrigue of life and society in general.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Blank City - Featured Film of Interest/Documentary

Blank City is currently premiering at the IFC Center in New York. The website offers a list of other scheduled screenings around the nation as well as an impressive list of festival selections worldwide.  
Summary:  BLANK CITY tells the long-overdue tale of a disparate crew of renegade filmmakers who emerged from an economically bankrupt and dangerous moment in New York history. In the late 1970's and mid 80's, when the city was still a wasteland of cheap rent and cheap drugs, these directors crafted daring works that would go on to profoundly influence the development of independent film as we know it today.
Directed by French newcomer CĂ©line Danhier, BLANK CITY weaves together an oral history of the “No Wave Cinema” and “Cinema of Transgression” movements through compelling interviews with the luminaries who began it all. Featured players include acclaimed directors Jim Jarmusch and John Waters, actor-writer-director Steve Buscemi, Blondie’s Debbie Harry, Hip Hop legend Fab 5 Freddy, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, photographer Richard Kern as well as Amos Poe, James Nares, Eric Mitchell, Susan Seidelman, Beth B, Scott B, Charlie Ahearn and Nick Zedd. Fittingly, the soundtrack includes: Patti Smith, Television, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, The Contortions, The Bush Tetras, Sonic Youth and many more.

Blank City Official Trailer from Celine Danhier on Vimeo.

Link:  Blank City

Hoping for an Austin Screening announcement soon.  Thanks to arkhive. for bringing this one to my attention - it's always good to have aware and interested friends in NYC.

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