Carmine Street Guitars Directed
Ron Mann Canada / 2018 / 80 minutes
Times and Venues:
Upstate Films WOODSTOCK
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Ron Mann
Anyone who's been part of the NY music scene knows — and has likely been to — Carmine Street Guitars, where such notables as Bob Dylan, Lou Reed and Patti Smith, to name just a few, have coveted Rick Kelly's custom-made guitars. With real-time footage, director Ron Mann captures the everyday activities of Rick and his young apprentice Cindy Hulej as they meticulously build one-of-a-kind, handcrafted guitars out of salvaged wood from historic New York buildings. Nothing looks or sounds quite like a Rick Kelly guitar, and throughout the course of five days in the life of the shop, the likes of Jim Jarmusch, the Sadies, and Nels Cline of Wilco come in and out of the shop, pick up a guitar, play, and recount their personal guitar anecdotes, weaving a tapestry that is intimate and illuminating. Watching Carmine Street Guitars is like getting a private tour into the musical lives of some of the most talented artists of today. —Ben F. Fischer
Ron Mann (Altman, Grass, Comic Book Confidential) is renowned for his genre-bending approach to documentary cinema that explores art forms and contemporary popular culture with vision and verve.
Cast/Featuring: Jim Jarmusch, Charlie Sexton, Bill Frisell, Rick Kelly, Cindy Hulej
Executive Producer(s): Carter Logan, Michael Hirsh
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