Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, July 01, 2011 – Sunday, July 10, 2011

(USA/2011—directed by Céline Danhier)

Blank City is about the iconoclastic filmmakers clustered in the East Village and Lower East Side of Manhattan in the late 1970s and early ’80s. The chaotic, fast-moving, hazily remembered scene they created deserves and benefits from the scholarly consideration Ms. Danhier offers. A careful, enthusiastic cultural historian, she illuminates a hectic and fascinating place and time, bringing it back to life and tracing its continuing influence. Documentaries on the history of film often work best as guides to future research, and Blank City is no exception. Some of the movies it samples have carved out niches for themselves — Jim Jarmusch’s supercool Stranger Than Paradise, Charlie Ahearn’s splendid and sprawling Wild Style – while others are clearly in need of rediscovery. This is a vivid tour of a glorious and grungy bygone past.” –A.O. Scott, The New York Times (95 min.)

“Critics’ Pick! The stellar cast includes Debbie Harry, Lydia Lunch, Nick Zedd, Steve Buscemi and many more.” –New York Magazine
Friday, July 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 3 at 2:00 p.m.
July 10 at 4:30 p.m.