Blank City at IFC

Blank City

Patti Astor

Blank City, playing at IFC, gives yet another perspective on the gritty New York art scene specifically art films of the late 1970s, early 1980s.

The film tells the story of filmmakers from the “No Wave Cinema” and “Cinema of Transgression” and how they used New York City as their backdrop to create movies on Super 8mm film. Blank City weaves together films by Jim Jarmusch, Amos Poe, James Nares, Eric Mitchell, Susan Seidelman, Beth B, Scott B, Charlie Ahearn and Nick Zedd with interviews by these filmmakers and stars/producers of the films including Lydia Lunch, Debbie Harry, Steve Buscemi, Maripol, John Lurie and Patti Astor.

It was so interesting to see the works of these filmmakers and to get their perspective on the importance of what they were doing at the time. Based on what they are doing now, it was clear that there was a natural end to the scene when people started to gain notoriety for their work and New York began to become prosperous again economically.

All in all, it was a very interesting and educational film.

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