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BLANK CITY

Directed by Celine Danhier
During the punk rock stage in the late '70s, downtown New York experienced a wave of "DIY" film.

Overview

Genre
Arts, Music, History, Cultural History, and Culture
Synopsis

BLANK CITY is an "absorbing snapshot of a daring time" (LA Times) when a disparate crew of renegade filmmakers emerged from an economically bankrupt and dangerous moment in New York history. From the late 1970's through the mid 80's, when the East Village was still a wasteland of cheap rent and cheap drugs, these directors created bold works that would go on to profoundly influence the development of independent film as we know it today.

The films surveyed in BLANK CITY are fitting documents of an exhilarating cultural landscape. Director CĂ©line Danhier 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, and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth.

Stage
finished
Running time
95 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Pure Fragment Films
Country
United States
Years of Production
2007-2010
Locations
New York, NY USA
Prod. Partners
Insurgent Media, Submarine Entertainment

Distribution Details

Release year
2011
Festivals
Berlin, Tribeca, Edinburgh, AFI, Hot Docs, CPH:DOX, Silverdocs
Distribution
Kino Lorber
Broadcast (Acq.)
Netflix, Channel 4
Language
English
Subtitles
French, Spanish, German

Photos

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