Sphinx Productions (Ron Mann)
Jim Jarmusch, Bill Frisell, Lenny Kaye, Charlie Sexton, Eszter Balint, Jaime Hince, Nels Cline, Marc Ribot (and others)
John Minh Tran, Becky Parsons
Carmine Street Guitars
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.
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.
PRODUCTION 1: SPHINX PRODUCTIONS
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