Screening: Blank City (2011, USA/France, 94 min.)
Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 6–8:30 pm
Beginning in the mid-1970s, scores of young artists and musicians in the East Village and Lower East Side responded to the city’s dire circumstances by creating a new underground art scene that rejected popular notions of entertainment. Taking their cues from punk rock, these mavericks produced energetic and confrontational work that challenged ideas of art making. This short-lived but highly influential movement is explored in Celine Danhier’s Blank City, which weaves together an oral history through compelling interviews with luminaries such as Jim Jarmusch, John Waters, Beth B, and Amos Poe.
Followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Bette Gordon and James Nares.
6 pm open seating
6:15 pm screening
Photo: by and courtesy Marcia Resnick, from Blank City