Aug 12 - Aug 18, 2011
(Céline Danhier, 2010, USA, DigiBeta, 94 min)
Sponsored by Easy Street Records
What ever happened to crumbling Manhattan and all its denizens? This is a portrait of the vibrant art scene that thrived around what looked like a bombed-out city. Filmmakers like Richard Kern, Susan Seidelman, Nick Zedd, Lizzie Borden, Amos Poe and Jim Jarmusch, as well as performers Debbie Harry, Steve Buscemi and Lydia Lunch, grant us a brash insider’s take on this cinematic “No Wave.” Blank City is an exhilarating oral history of “No Wave Cinema” and the transgressive movement that electrified America’s modern independent film scene.
“Céline Danhier's Blank City contains extraordinary footage of downtown Manhattan in the 70s, a burned-out and abandoned cityscape in ruins that formed the perfect backdrop to the bands and film-makers...steeped in exhilarating alienation and mordant wit.” —The Guardian