BLANK CITY tells the long-overdue tale of the motley crew of renegade filmmakers that emerged from an economically bankrupt and dangerous period of New York history that crossed over with the East Village Art Scene and thriving music scene. It’s a fascinating look at the way this misfit cinema used the deserted, bombed-out Lower East Side landscapes to craft daring works that would go on to profoundly influence Independent Film today. Unlike the much-celebrated punk music scene, this era’s thrilling and confrontational underground film movement has never before been chronicled. Directed by French newcomer Celine Danhier, BLANK CITY captures the idiosyncratic, explosive energy of the “No Wave Cinema” and “Cinema of Transgression” movements. 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, artist James Nares, photographer Richard Kern as well as Amos Poe, 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.
Movie: Blank City (Win Free Passes)
All right, so there is this movie playing at Real Art Ways in Hartford starting tomorrow (Friday, June 10, 2011). It looks cool. I have only seen the trailer so far. I’ll definitely watch it. Perhaps I’ll see you in Hartford. Perhaps you’ll get one of these pairs of passes I have to give away. The passes are good for the entire run – so you don’t need to go to a particular showing of it. To get a pair of free passes email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Blank City Passes” and answer this simple question: What band was this Mr. Thurston Moore involved with at the tail end of the initial No Wave movement? Super easy really. The first couple people to email the right answer (I mean, c’mon, really easy) will get these.
[Some press material for the film follows – check it out y’all.]
Blank City A film by Céline Danhier
USA • 2010 • 94 MINS. • INSURGENT MEDIA