“LES ON THE SCREEN – EVOLVING URBAN IDENTITY” FILM SERIES OPENING NIGHT WITH PHILIP HARTMAN’S NO PICNIC
The Angel Orensanz Foundation and The Film-Makers’ Cooperative
presents the Film Series
LOWER EAST SIDE ON THE SCREEN – EVOLVING URBAN IDENTITY
(Curated by MM Serra)
We are pleased to invite you to this collaborative project, conceived and developed by two nonprofit organizations.
The “LES On the Screen – Evolving Urban Identity” screening series will take place at the Angel Orensanz Foundation.
It will kick off on September 13, 7:30 PM, with the screening of:
PHILIP HARTMAN’S “NO PICNIC”, 1985, 84 min
(‘Best Cinematography’ Award at Sundance Film Festival, 1987)
The film will be introduced by the director himself and actress Clare Bauman. It will be followed by Q&A
Tickets $8.00 (Cash only, on the day of the event and at the door)
“LES On The Screen – Evolving Urban Identity” intends to showcase independent, underground films spanning the decades from the 1970’s to the 1990’s that touch upon the subject of the urban fabric of the Lower East Side and the Downtown counter-culture scene.
No Picnic (1985) is a grainy 16mm, black-and-white film in the purest 1980’s indie cinema style.
The film delves into the dramatic change undergone by the East Village. It will give viewers a snapshot of the different lifestyles and the beginning of gentrification in the neighborhood during the mid 1980’s. Intelligently shot on location in the streets, it shows the gutted buildings and decrepit clubs that shaped the East Village at that time, when the punk rock scene had reached a legendary summit that was about to fade away.
It is the story of a failed musician, Macabee Cohen (played by David Brisbin) who earns his living restocking the supplies in the neighborhood’s cigarettes machines and jukeboxes, while on a quest to find his dream woman. Gentrification is distressingly and increasingly apparent all around this would be hero. An intriguing character with a mix of hipster and nerd, he stoically carries on with a non-stopping, ironic interior monologue.