THE ANGEL ORENSANZ FOUNDATION AND THE FILM-MAKERS’ COOPERATIVE
Present The Film Series:
-LOWER EAST SIDE ON THE SCREEN | EVOLVING URBAN IDENTITY-
#3 | RACHEL AMODEO, What About Me (1993)
Monday, November 7th, 2001
The Angel Orensanz Foundation is thrilled to host the third screening evening of this collaborative cinematic project, conceived and curated by two nonprofit organizations.
LES 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. The Series program offers the audience the opportunity to rediscover filmmakers and artists that hail from different generations, usually associated with the past cultural golden age of Downtown Manhattan. Together and through audiovisual storytelling, we will explore and reconsider unconventional ways of looking at the city, its buildings and people’s lives.
For “LES On the Screen” #3 screening , on Monday, November 7, we are very proud to welcome and feature:
RACHEL AMODEO with What About Me (1993)
Her admired, iconic film will be screened in 16mm. Started in 1989 with the help of cinematographers M. Henry Jones and Mark Brady, Amodeo wrote, produced, directed and starred in the film. Its unusual ensemble of cast and characters, in addition to the cinema verité portrait of the East Village in the late 80’s, made it a cult classic. It traveled the festival circuit and was featured at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts.
It tells the story of Lisa (Rachel Amodeo), a woman drifting around the streets of New York City’s Lower East Side, where she encounters a diverse group of lost souls among the transient population, including Vietnam veteran Nick (Richard Edson), outspoken Tom (Nick Zedd) and kindhearted Paul (Richard Hell); Gregory Corso, Judy Carne, Dee Dee Ramone, and actual homeless residents of Tompkins Square Park co-star in this unique film, which features a soundtrack by Johnny Thunders.
Rachel Amodeo was born in Terravecchia, Italy, but came to the United States as a child. After graduating from high school, Rachel moved to Santa Barbara, California, where she attended Santa Barbara College and majored in Photography. During this period she became a rock drummer and performed in various clubs. In 1982 Rachel moved to New York City to pursue her career as a rock drummer. She started her own band and later joined Das Furlines, the flamboyant all girl band. During this period, she also suited acting with Bull Hickey and Herbert Berghof in the West Village.
In 1989, Rachel started the production of the film, What About Me. She wrote, produced, directed and starred in the film. In 1998 she wrote, produced and directed her second film, Rest in Peace, set in the 1800’s and a tribute to the silent film era with double exposure special effects. She plays the lead role as Mable Dibble, a ghost who haunts her sister. She also made a film called Pierre Paolo, set in her hometown of Terravecchia, Italy. Amodeo plays the lead role of the young Philimina. In 1998 she gave birth to her son Atticus and dedicated her time to being a mother full time. During this period she wrote a new screenplay, titled Rock N Roll Gangster based on her experiences in New York.
Rachel Amodeo has co-produced eleven animated television commercials. As a musician, she was the drummer for Vacuum Bag and Das Furlines, who appeared on Entertainment Tonight, MTV’s Andy Warhol’s 15 Minutes, and were featured in People Magazine.
LES On The Screen – Evolving Urban Identity
Rachel Amodeo | What About Me (1993)
November 7, 2011 | 7:30 PM
$ 8.00 (cash only) | No RSVP required
Angel Orensanz Foundation, Gallery Space
172 Norfolk Street, New York, NY 10002