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The Velvet Underground Played at My High School
Directed by
Robert Pietri and Tony Jannelli

USA / 2017 / 7

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This animated documentary is the story of the Velvet Underground's disastrous first public performance. While on stage for merely 20 minutes, The Velvet Underground performed three songs: 'There She Goes', 'Venus in Furs', and 'Heroin'. The Summit High School audience responded with, as a band member recalled in 1983, a 'murmur of surprise that greeted the appearance' that 'increased to a roar of disbelief as the band started to play' which 'swelled to a mighty howl of outrage and bewilderment...' Half the audience walked out.
After a fruitful career as a Director of Photography based in NYC, Anthony Jannelli is currently Head of the Cinematography Department at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Graduate Film Program. His filmmaking credits include ’The Silence of the Lambs ‘ (Jonathan Demme), ‘New York Stories’ (Martin Scorcese), “ Independence Day,” and the complete first season of “Law & Order, Special Victims Unit.” Robert Pietri graduated on a fellowship from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film program. Since then he has worked across mediums and genres, from live-action narrative to animation and documentary. His films have been in competition at festivals around the world, including AFI/DOCs, Animafest Zagreb, Annecy, and the Tribeca Film Festival. A first-generation American of Puerto Rican heritage, Robert Pietri served in the United States Marines Corps. He earned his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University then went on to work for some of elite Design studios as an Art Director for years before committing himself to filmmaking. His first feature, “Semper Fidel”, was shot in Havana, Cuba and he continues to work and develop projects internationally.
Producer(s): Marina Donahue, Tony Jannelli, Robert Pietri, Lee Terwilliger, Tara Pietri
Director(s): Robert Pietri and Tony Jannelli
Screenwriter(s): Marina Donahue
Editor(s): Robert Pietri / Lee Terwilliger
Composer(s)/Music: N/A
Animator(s): Lee Terwilliger


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