Posted on July 14, 2011 – 5:13 PM | by livmoe
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VERGE MOVIE NIGHT IS BACK AT THE CREST!!!!!!!! This time around we’ll be featuring Blank City, a raw, and exhilarating romp through the late 70s/early 80s New York avant garde film scene. Prior to the film, Associate Professor of Digital Media and Film at CSUS, Jenny Stark, will be presenting a pre-lecture and screening some of her own work. Some may remember Stark’s outstanding pre-lecture for John Waters last summer as part of the California Lecture Series which made her the perfect compliment to this program. Also, before the film we’ll have the bar open and DJ Mike C will be spinning records to set the mood!

To make the night even cooler VCA has partnered with Record Clob and will be auctioning off  a signed movie poster inked by Jim Jarmusch, Steve Buscemi, Debbie Harry and more!

For more on the film and Stark read on!!!!!

BLANK CITY tells the long-overdue tale of a disparate crew of renegade filmmakers who emerged from an economically bankrupt and dangerous moment in New York history. From the late 1970’s through the mid 80’s, when the city was still a wasteland of cheap rent and cheap drugs, these directors crafted daring works that would go on to profoundly influence the development of independent film as we know it today. Directed by French newcomer Céline Danhier, BLANK CITY weaves together an oral history of the “No Wave Cinema” and “Cinema of Transgression” movements through compelling interviews with the luminaries who began it all. Featured players include acclaimed directors Jim Jarmusch and John Waters, actor-writer-director Steve Buscemi, Blondie’s Debbie Harry, hip-hop legend Fab 5 Freddy, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, photographer Richard Kern as well as Amos Poe, James Nares, Eric Mitchell, Susan Seidelman, Beth B, Scott B, Charlie Ahearn and Nick Zedd. Fittingly, the soundtrack includes: Patti Smith, Television, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, The Contortions, The Bush Tetras, Sonic Youth and many more.

JENNY STARK was born in Bellaire, Texas. She received her BFA in Photography from the University of Houston and went on to receive an MFA in Film/Video from the California Institute of the Arts. She is an Associate Professor of Communications and Film as well as the Film Coordinator at Sacramento State. Her films and videos have shown at South by Southwest, The New York Underground Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, The Viennale, Vienna, LA Film Forum, The Aurora Picture Show Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, IMT London and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Mexico City.
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