Sir Andre Bemler

Just dug up this nugget - an entire Spitters show (almost 21 minutes long!) filmed live at The Cooler, a great 1990s downtown NYC rock club. This performance is from 1998 and features the post "boy-band" Spitters; Bill, Tim ...

City of Strangers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbY6KXPg6wY&feature=player_embedded Often overshadowed by the Beat triumvurate of Burroughs, Ginsberg and Kerouac, Herbert Huncke and Gregory Corso were nonetheless integral to the Beat f...

City of Strangers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ome6yVU2fTE Over the holidays, reader Jerry Rio sent me this charming doc about changing mid-90's New York: The Urban Eye. This 'video time-capsule' was made in 1995, when market forces, an...

City of Strangers

What always interested me about NY when I first came here in the late '80s was how, like London, it was essentially a working class city. The working classes lived in the heart of the city, and constituted a great deal of it...

Flame Schon

Snow Advisory (The Earth’s Dream) I started these thoughts from the simplicity of where it was shot and suddenly realized that the landscape is the star of the movie. The ‘location’ is the story The land itsel...

Bernard Meisler

I remember when I was a mere tot, I'd see old Rolling Stones albums (yes, these were actual physical objects made from vinyl, a fragile black petroleum-based substance) at the used record store, selling for what was a small ...

Mark McCawley

George Kuchar, RIP. Kuchar and his twin brother Michael practically invented the "camp" genre. He prided himself on making films with non-actors, script, or theme, for almost no money. The 8mm movies he made in the 60s were ...

Bernard Meisler

Here's a Friday night treat for you all - the complete concept film of Serge Gainsbourg's classic "rock opera", Histoire de Melody Nelson. There's little doubt that Melody Nelson, a short (27 minute) album release...

Jennifer Adams

To celebrate the release of our sixth issue, we had a salon out in Brooklyn early in June. Here's the first video from that event, Jen Adams reading her excellent story "Medium". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ4PFxZ87B4...

Anne Bohlen, Kevin Rafferty, and James Ridgeway

Excerpt from a film by Anne Bohlen, Kevin Rafferty, and James Ridgeway, with interviews by Michael Moore, from 1991. Bohlen, Rafferty (The Atomic Cafe) and Ridgeway simply turn on their cameras cinema and let their subjec...

Sir Andre Bemler

I haven't watched South Park on any kind of regular basis for years. But Matt and Trey still got it - the ability to create cogent and acerbic social commentary that at the same time is revolting and juvenile. Yay! So - how ...

Bernard Meisler

Billy Bang, the great jazz violinist, moved on to the next plane, April 11, 2011. When I first came to New York, in the early 80s, Bang was the man in the LES jazz scene. Bang was born in Alabama as Billy Walker, but as a...

Bernard Meisler

On June 12, 1970, Dock Ellis, a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, accomplished what is perhaps the single greatest achievement in the history of sports - he pitched a no-hitter while under the influence of LSD. Apparently ...

Jóhanna Ellen

Jóhanna Ellen is an Icelandic artist working with video, performance and installation who is living in Oslo, Norway. "Eat Me"(2010) is a part of series of videos that deal with the artist's memories of passive and submissiv...

Stewart Home

When I was at school in the 1970s, the hip kids were obsessed with old soul records, and while I dug those sounds I never paid much attention to them telling me I should go to Wigan Casino for the soul all-nighters. ...