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Written by: FFT Webmaster | February 23rd, 2011

Pure Fragment Films Presents

Directed by Celine Danhier
Running Time:95 minutes

Featuring Jim Jarmusch, Nick Zedd, Amos Poe, Debbie Harry, Steve Buscemi, John Waters, Fab 5 Freddy, Thurston Moose, Lydia Lunch, Richard Kern, John Lurie, Lizzie Borden, Eric Mitchell, Bette Gordon

Opens in Theaters April 6th, 2011

BLANK CITY tells the long-overdue tale of the motley crew of renegade filmmakers that emerged from an economically bankrupt and dangerous period of New York history.  It’s a fascinating look at the way this misfit cinema used the deserted, bombed-out Lower East Side landscapes to craft daring works that would go on to profoundly influence Independent Film today. Unlike the much-celebrated punk music scene, this era’s thrilling and confrontational underground film movement has never before been chronicled.

Directed by French newcomer Celine Danhier, BLANK CITY captures the idiosyncratic, explosive energy of the “No Wave Cinema” and “Cinema of Transgression” movements. Stark and provocative, the films drew name and inspiration from the French New Wave; as well as Film Noir, and the works of Andy Warhol and John Waters. Filmmakers such as Jim Jarmusch, Eric Mitchell, Beth B, Charlie Ahearn, Lizzie Borden and Amos Poe showcased the city’s vibrant grit, and bore witness to the rising East Village art and rock scenes and the birth of hip hop. Short, long, color or black-and-white, their stripped-down films portrayed themes of alienation and dissonance with a raw and genuine spirit, at times with deadpan humor or blurring lines between fiction and reality.  From Amos Poe’s enigmatic The FOREIGNER to James Nares’ comedic ROME 78 to Beth B & Scott B’s political BLACK BOX — the No Wave Movement was as varied as it was lively.

You are cordially invited to the following advance NYC screenings:
Thursday, February 10, 2011 – 6PM – Magno Review 2
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 – 10AM – IFC Center
Thursday, March 31, 2011 – 10AM – IFC Center
Magno Review is located at 729 Seventh Avenue, 2nd Floor (between 48th and 49th Streets).
IFC Center is located at 323 Avenue of the Americas.

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