Tue 26 Feb 8:00PM
Sorry, you missed this one
Director Celine Danhier
Duration 94 min
Alongside hip hop, punk and Madonna 70s/80s New York birthed an explosion of DIY filmmaking.
The brats and rats of downtown cool tell us how No Wave and the Cinema of Transgression all began.
Before the Reagan era gentrified lower Manhattan, a group of dispossessed twenty-somethings banded together to create their own world with handheld cameras and the work that would become known as No Wave and Cinema of Transgression. Featuring interviews with filmmakers including Jim Jarmusch, Amos Poe, Nick Zedd, John Waters and Steve Buscemi, the documentary pieces together this particular zeitgeist of DIY filmmaking with astute observations and unglorified anecdotes of that time.
BLANK CITY screens as part of the MOONSHINE CINEMA series at Shebeen.
Shebeen is a non-profit bar that sources beer and wine from the developing world. The profit from each drink sold goes back to an aid project in that drink’s country of origin. Moonshine Cinema is a program of films that celebrate Shebeen’s launch. A place where moonshiners can gather for good times and goodwill hooch.
The pre-feature program includes shorts and music videos from local filmmakers plus a video work co-presented with Channels (the Australian Video Art Festival).
“Generous glimpses of rare, virtually lost Super-8 and 16mm films, from Jarmusch’s “Permanent Vacation” to Beth B’s “Vortex,” Susan Seidelman’s “Smithereens” (the first No Wave film to hit Cannes) and Amos Poe’s hilarious cheapo remake of Godard’s “Breathless.” Other clips feature the then-unknown Ramones and Patti Smith at CBGBs, Debbie Harry wandering vaguely apocalyptic streets and a young Buscemi breakdancing.”