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Blank City


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Blank City
Céline Danhier, 2010

Unmade Beds / Permanent Vacation

New Documentary

Nonfiction filmmaking holds a strong appeal for many committed directors and producers. This ongoing series lets you sample wide-ranging approaches to the contemporary documentary.

Fri, June 10, 2011 7 PM
Sat, June 11, 2011 7 PM

This triple bill begins with a fascinating new documentary about New York's "No Wave" film movement of the late 1970s/early 1980s and continues with two key films from the movement.

Blank City tells the long-overdue tale of the "No Wave" film movement born in New York City at a moment when the city was financially bankrupt and one could still find cheap rent and cheaper drugs. Featuring such major players from the era as Jim Jarmusch, Debbie Harry, Thurston Moore, Steve Buscemi, and Fab 5 Freddy, the film is a wonderful testament to the indelible mark these filmmakers left on the development of independent film as we know it today. Paper Magazine calls it "fascinating and inspiring" and notes that Jim Jarmusch, John Lurie, Steve Buscemi, Lydia Lunch, and Nick Zedd are "particularly funny and describing the loony lengths they went to make their films." (95 mins., video)

Stay to see Amos Poe's Unmade Beds, a "remake" of Breathless with Patti Astor and Debbie Harry (1976, 77 mins., 16mm) and Jim Jarmusch's first feature, Permanent Vacation, (1980, 75 mins., 16mm). Unmade Beds begins at 8:45 PM and Permanent Vacation begins at 10 PM.

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