Punk Rock, Forever ! : The Blank Generation, Soul City, Punking Out
HOWL ! ARTS PROJECT 2009: FILM SERIES presents
Punk Rock, Forever !
THE BLANK GENERATION, 1976, directed by Amos Poe and Ivan Kral. Cast: Patti Smith Group, Television, Ramones, The Heartbreakers, Talking Heads, Blondie, Harry Toledo, Marbles, Tuff Darts, Wayne County, Miamis, New York Dolls, The Shirts. B/W, sound. 55 min. 16mm print courtesy of Amos Poe.
In 1976 Ivan Kral joined the Patti Smith Group and became friendly with underground filmmaker Amos Poe. Poe and Kral were both interested in the punk rock scenes that was just beginning to emerge in New York City at venues like CBGB and Maxs Kansas City, and they began bringing cameras to shows, shooting silent footage of bands who were beginning to develop potent reputations in the rock underground. Poe and Kral married their silent footage with live tapes or demo recordings of the bands (most of whom had yet to release a record) to create a deliberately rough audio-visual record of the burgeoning punk scene. (Wikipedia)
Introduction by M. Henry Jones, filmmaker:
SOUL CITY, 1979, directed by M. Henry Jones. Cast: The Fleshtones. Color, sound. 2 min. 16mm print courtesy of the New York Film-Makers Cooperative.
In Henry Jones' words, this film is intended to, Visually counterpoint the music of a subculture. Punk rock group FLESHTONES perform the song "Soul City," as tiny black & white cut-out figures, (with hand-tinted flesh tones), against a flickering background of brilliant color. In SOUL CITY, Jones 'recycled' the same basic movements of his subjects by reconstructing totally new motions from the same severely limited amount of footage. This was done through alteration of perspective, and reversal of selected movements at varying intervals. The number of movements a subject can make, artificially created from a few basics, becomes almost limitless. (Bikini Girl Magazine)
PUNKING OUT, 1979, directed by Maggi Carson, Juliusz Kossakowski, and Fredric A. Shore. Cast: Stiv Bators, Cheetah Chrome, Richard Hell, Hilly Kristal, Lydia Lunch, Dee Dee Ramone, Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Helen Wheels. B/W, sound, 25 min.
16mm print courtesy of the Reserve Film and Video Collection of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, with the permission of Ric Shore, Managing Producer. Punking Out has been preserved with funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Documents the beginning of the punk rock movement in New York City at CBGBs, a punk night club, and the lifestyle that revolves around this scene. Presents a sometimes shocking look at the attitudes and motivations behind the movement through interviews with outspoken club-goers and band members of the Ramones, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, and the Dead Boys. (New York Public Library Catalogue)
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