“A 45-minute proto-hip-hop bliss-out, a masterpiece of train- and tag-spotting.” —The Village Voice
The earliest filmed document of graffiti, Manfred Kirchheimer’s richly chromatic 16mm city symphony sets images of northern Manhattan to a soundtrack that interweaves ambient city noises with the gutbucket gospel squall of jazz titan Charles Mingus.
Long regarded by cinephiles and hip-hop heads as an obscure cult masterpiece since it premiered at the 1981 New York Film Festival, Stations of the Elevated is a celebration of a quintessentially urban art form—at a time when it was largely dismissed as vandalism. This priceless portrait of a bygone era of New York City culture returns after its sold-out screening at this year’s BAMcinemaFest, and is paired with Kirchheimer’s Claw, a poetic, deeply critical examination of urban renewal. An Artists Public Domain/Cinema Conservancy release, presented by agnes b.
The 7:45pm screening on Fri, Oct 17 and the 7pm screening on Sat, Oct 18 will feature a Q&A with director Manfred Kirchheimer.