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Carmine Street Guitars

Out of Competition

Director:
Ron Mann
Production:
Sphinx Productions (Ron Mann)
Running Time:
80’
Language:
English
Country:
Canada
Main Cast:
Jim Jarmusch, Bill Frisell, Lenny Kaye, Charlie Sexton, Eszter Balint, Jaime Hince, Nels Cline, Marc Ribot (and others)
Screenplay:
Len Blum
Cinematographer:
John Minh Tran, Becky Parsons
Editor:
Robert Kennedy
Production Designer:
Craig Small
Music:
The Sadies
Sound:
Michael Guggino

Synopsis

Once the centre of the New York bohemia, Greenwich Village is now home to upscale restaurants, and buzzer door clothing stores catering to the nouveau riche. But one shop in the heart of the Village remains resilient to the encroaching gentrification: Carmine Street Guitars. There, custom guitar maker Rick Kelly and his young apprentice Cindy Hulej, build handcrafted guitars out of salvaged wood from old hotels, bars, churches and other local buildings. Nothing looks or sounds quite like a Rick Kelly guitar, which is the reason they are embraced by the likes of Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Jim Jarmusch, just to name a few. Featuring a cast of prominent musicians, the film captures five days in the life of Carmine Street Guitars while examining an all-too-quickly vanishing way of life.

Director’s Statement

I owe this one to film director Jim Jarmusch, who introduced me to guitar maker Rick Kelly and his fabled Greenwich Village guitar store Carmine Street Guitars. Years earlier, Jim brought Rick some wood from the roof of his loft he was renovating which started Rick to use salvaged wood from old New York city buildings. But it wasn’t just the cool resonant guitars that attracted me – it was the magical vibe of the place and its community of musicians who stop by to hang out, as if it was a post office at the turn of the 20th century. Ultimately, I felt it was something that needed to be captured… before it just all slips away.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: SPHINX PRODUCTIONS
24 MERCER STREET
M5V1H3 Ð TORONTO, Canada
Tel. 14169719131
RON@SPHINXPRODUCTIONS.COM
http://www.sphinxproductions.com

WORLD SALES: Michael Weber - THE MATCH FACTORY
Domstrasse 60
50668 Ð Cologne, Germany
Tel. 49221 5397090
info@matchfactory.de

PRESS OFFICE: Richard Lormand
www.FilmPressPlus.com
IntlPressIT@aol.com
Tel. +33-9-7044-9865


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