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Blank City

Blank City

USA, 2010, 94 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Art/Filmmaking, Documentary, Historical/Period, Music
Program: Documentary Films
Language: English

DIRECTOR: Celine Danhier
Producer: Dan Braun, Vanessa Roworth, Aviva Wishnow
Editor: Vanessa Roworth
Cinematographer: Ryo Murakami, Peter Szollosi
Principal Cast: Jim Jarmusch, Steve Buscemi, John Waters, Amos Poe, Nick Zedd, Lydia Lunch, Thurston Moore, Debbie Harry, Glenn O’Brien, Fab 5 Freddy and more...
US Distributor: Insurgent Media

Digital presentation - 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 Céline 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.

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