Connect with IMDb



2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

15 items from 2011


Blank City Movie Review

28 May 2011 9:11 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Blank City Director: Celine Danhier Featuring: Steve Buscemi, Fab 5 Freddy, Jim Jarmusch, Deborah Harry, John Lurie, Thurston Moore, John Waters, Susan Seidelman, Amos Poe, Eric Mitchell, Ann Magnuson and more The angry, dirty and unforgiving streets of New York City have over the course of several generations taken on an almost mythical role in American independent cinema, fueling some artists, creatively bankrupting many more, and driving others into the arms of more lucrative, mainstream projects. An exhaustively comprehensive oral history of outsider cinema from the late 1970s and into the mid ’80s, Celine Danhier’s Blank City unfolds in all the hazy, erudite specificity of some breezy, memories-laden conversation between your parents »

- bsimon

Permalink | Report a problem


Documentary Blank City Chronicles NYC’s Gritty “No Wave” Film Movement of the ‘70s

17 May 2011 2:47 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By David Savage

Normal 0 false false false En-us X-none X-none

The generation of subversive filmmakers who emerged out of the rubble of Manhattan’s Lower East Side in the 1970s, who wrote, cast, produced and directed their own punk riffs on narrative feature films long before the digital revolution made it easy, has long gone without a proper documentary that chronicles their fascinating emergence during this era. Well, no more. Blank City, directed by French newcomer Celine Danhier, was one of the most talked about docs at festivals worldwide in 2010, and recently started its theatrical engagement at the IFC Center in Manhattan and across the USA at major indie-cinema venues.

Packed with film clips, period footage and insightful interviews with key players from the scene, such as Debbie Harry, John Waters, Ann Magnuson, Amos Poe, Eric Mitchell, Patti Astor and Jim Jarmusch, Blank City is a fascinating and inspiring documentary »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

Permalink | Report a problem


Women at the Box Office: April 29 - May 1, 2011

29 April 2011 10:07 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Women Centric Currently Playing The Arbor Prom Hanna Soul Surfer Potiche Miral Sucker Punch Jane Eyre – written by Moira Buffini Red Riding Hood – directed by Catherine Hardwicke I Will Follow - written and directed by Ava Duvernay Women Directed Films Currently Playing Blank City - directed by Celine Danhier Meek’s Cutoff – directed by Kelly Reichardt In a Better World – directed by Susanne Bier Queen to Play - directed by Caroline Bottaro My Perestroika - directed by Robin Hessman Wasteland - directed by Lucy Walker Even the Rain - directed by Iciar Bollian Women Written Films Currently… »

Permalink | Report a problem


Blank City | Review

24 April 2011 8:51 PM, PDT | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Director: Céline Danhier To be perfectly honest, I could probably just recycle my review of Downtown Calling and re-title it Blank City. Both documentaries adeptly cover almost the exact same timeline of Lower East Side history and they share a similar balance of talking head interviews (with some of the exact same heads, in fact) and archival footage. The only difference is that Downtown Calling focuses on the art and music scenes, while Blank City focuses on the underground film community. The only real striking difference is the lack of narration in Blank City (Deborah Harry narrates Downtown Calling). And just as the art and music scenes of the L.E.S. were incredibly diverse -- with only vague overarching commonalities that could possibly define them as cohesive communities -- so too was the film community. The filmmakers all shot on Super 8 film, repeatedly “go[ing] over the boundaries of millimeters »

- Don Simpson

Permalink | Report a problem


Women at the Box Office: April 22-24, 2011

22 April 2011 10:07 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Women Centric Currently Playing Hanna Soul Surfer Potiche Miral Sucker Punch Jane Eyre – written by Moira Buffini Red Riding Hood – directed by Catherine Hardwicke I Will Follow - written and directed by Ava Duvernay The Roommate From Prada to Nada Women Directed Films Currently Playing Blank City - directed by Celine Danhier Meek’s Cutoff – directed by Kelly Reichardt In a Better World – directed by Susanne Bier Queen to Play - directed by Caroline Bottaro My Perestroika - directed by Robin Hessman Wasteland - directed by Lucy Walker Even the Rain - directed by Iciar Bollian Women… »

Permalink | Report a problem


Women at the Box Office: April 8-10, 2011

8 April 2011 10:07 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Women Centric Currently Playing Hanna Soul Surfer Potiche Miral Sucker Punch Desert Flower – written and directed by Sherry Hormann Cracks - directed by Jordan Scott Jane Eyre – written by Moira Buffini Red Riding Hood – directed by Catherine Hardwicke I Will Follow - written and directed by Ava Duvernay Orgasm Inc. - directed by Liz Canner (doc) The Roommate From Prada to Nada True Grit Black Swan Tangled Winter's Bone - directed and co-written by Debra Granik, co-written by Anne Rosellini Made in Dagenham The Woodmans Women Directed Films Currently Playing Blank City - directed by Celine Danhier… »

Permalink | Report a problem


"Blank City," Reviewed

8 April 2011 12:10 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Although it's an unfortunate turn of phrase given the era, the best way to describe the documentary "Blank City" is still as something of a gateway drug when it comes to the late '70s, early '80s underground film scene in New York. It's easy to tell this since it's obvious French director Celine Danhier recreates her own experience of discovering the no-budget avant garde movement known as "No Wave" cinema in her documentary, presenting one snippet of rare footage after another, teasing the audience with clips of Michael Holman's self-descriptive "Vincent Gallo as Flying Christ" and Charlie Ahearn's groundbreaking hip-hop flick "Wild Style" and having such personalities as Deborah Harry and Steve Buscemi talk about what a wild and crazy time it was.

It's the shortcoming of "Blank City" that it isn't as adventurous in mirroring the era the film documents, settling into a style where »

- Stephen Saito

Permalink | Report a problem


Film: Movie Review: Blank City

7 April 2011 12:39 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Life in New York City from the ’60s to the ’80s has been documented more or less from stem to stern. The multiple modern-art movements, the wanton sexuality, the rise of punk and hip-hop, and the preoccupation with debt, blackouts, serial killers, and the ongoing soap opera of the New York Yankees have all been charted, analyzed, and in some cases even fictionalized. Celine Danhier’s documentary Blank City inevitably overlaps some of what’s gone before. While covering the ’70s and ’80s underground film and music scenes that came to be known as “No Wave,” Blank City hits all »

Permalink | Report a problem


Review: Blank City Overexplains NYC's Late-'70s Diy Scene, with Great Footage

6 April 2011 8:50 AM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

In Blank City, a discursive oral history of New York's Diy film scene in the late 1970s and 1980s, Lydia Lunch says she doesn't the mind the "No Wave" moniker coined to describe the work she and her friends were doing. "We need to have a category in which to define movements, I guess," she says. "I have no problem with 'No Wave,' because it says No Wave. So again, it's defined by what it isn't. What is it? I don't fucking know." »

Permalink | Report a problem


Tribeca Takes: Celine Danhier on Blank City

4 April 2011 11:00 AM, PDT | TribecaFilm.com | See recent Tribeca Film news »

Blank City screened as a 'work-in-progress' at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2009 - it was both my first film and my first experience at any film festival. Blank City is a feature documentary that tells the story of the underground film movement in New York from the late 70s to the early 80s, and explores its ties to the East Village art and music scene of the period. So the Tribeca Film Festival was really the perfect place to showcase it for the very first time. We interviewed so many amazing people - Steve Buscemi, Jim Jarmusch, Debbie Harry, Sara Driver, Amos Poe, Eric Mitchell, James Nares, Fab 5 Freddy - and we had a lot of them join us for the Tribeca screening, which was great. Steve Buscemi had another premiere that night [Bette Gordon's Handsome Harry], but he took the time out to walk the red carpet with us and support the film, »

Permalink | Report a problem


filmswelike Acquires Four Documentaries For Canadian Distribution

1 April 2011 3:27 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ron Mann's filmswelike distribution label picked up four documentary films from Submarine Entertainment to release in Canada. The deal was put together for Submarine Entertainment by David Koh, Josh Braun and Dan Braun, with the help of Ron Mann. The four purchased films include Richard Press' "Bill Cunningham New York," Celine Dahnier's "Blank City," Bill Haney's "The Last Mountain" and Jon Foy's "Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles." »

Permalink | Report a problem


Filling in the “Blank City”

31 March 2011 12:30 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Compared to today, you wouldn’t recognize New York City in the ’70s. Back then, drugs, poverty and urban decay ruled the streets, especially in the economically depressed Lower East Side. This gritty environment gave birth to an underground group of experimental filmmakers, including Jim Jarmusch, Richard Kern, Charlie Ahearn and Nick Zed, whose bizarre Geek Maggot Bingo (top) featured former Fango editor Bob Martin. These transgressive films, dubbed No Wave, took no prisoners just from some of their titles alone (Go To Hell, Submit To Me Now, They Eat Scum, etc.) and soon began gathering a cult following in grungy dive theaters and through VHS bootlegs. This Cinema of Transgression is celebrated in filmmaker Celine Danhier’s exhaustive and fascinating documentary Blank City (opening April 6 at NYC’s IFC Center from Insurgent Media), which offers revealing interviews with Jarmusch, Kern, Zedd, actor Steve Buscemi (who made his acting debut »

- samueldzimmerman@gmail.com (Tony Timpone)

Permalink | Report a problem


Blank City, Blank Generation

30 March 2011 10:00 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Here’s a brand new clip from Celine Danhier’s essential documentary on the wildly creative New York No Wave film scene of the early 1980s, Blank City. Appearing here are Steve Buscemi, Amos Poe, Vivienne Dick, and others, and clips feature the Talking Heads, Eric Mitchell’s The Way it Is, and more. The movie opens April 6; for more visit the website. And watch this space for an interview with Danhier.

And here’s the trailer, which features shots from my favorite movie of this era, Underground USA

Blank City Official Trailer from Celine Danhier on Vimeo.

. »

- Scott Macaulay

Permalink | Report a problem


Blank City – Official Trailer

17 March 2011 11:18 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Featuring Jim Jarmusch, Debbie Harry, Steve Buscemi, John Lurie, Fab 5 Freddy, Thurston Moore,

Richard Kern, Lydia Lunch, Amos Poe, Eric Mitchell, James Nares, Maripol, Ann Magnuson,

James Chance, Beth B, Scott B and John Waters

A Film By

Opening at the IFC Center in New York on Friday, April 6

Before there was HD there was Super 8. Before Independent film there was Underground Cinema. And before New York there was.well, New York. Once upon a pre-Facebook time, before creative communities became virtual and viral, cultural movements were firmly grounded in geography. And the undisputed center of American . some would say international . art and film was New York City. In particular, downtown Manhattan in the late 1970.s and 80.s was the anchor of vanguard filmmaking.

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. »

- Melissa Howland

Permalink | Report a problem


Blank City Final Poster

10 March 2011 9:14 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Featuring Jim Jarmusch, Debbie Harry, Steve Buscemi, John Lurie, Fab 5 Freddy, Thurston Moore,

Richard Kern, Lydia Lunch, Amos Poe, Eric Mitchell, James Nares, Maripol, Ann Magnuson,

James Chance, Beth B, Scott B and John Waters

A Film By

Opening at the IFC Center in New York on Friday, April 6

Before there was HD there was Super 8. Before Independent film there was Underground Cinema. And before New York there was.well, New York. Once upon a pre-Facebook time, before creative communities became virtual and viral, cultural movements were firmly grounded in geography. And the undisputed center of American . some would say international . art and film was New York City. In particular, downtown Manhattan in the late 1970.s and 80.s was the anchor of vanguard filmmaking.

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. »

- Melissa Howland

Permalink | Report a problem


2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

15 items from 2011


IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.

See our NewsDesk partners