Carmine Street Guitars
DIRECTOR: Ron Mann
Q/A with Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan in conversation with Director Ron Mann and legendary guitarist GE Smith
and legendary guitarist GE Smith
PRODUCER: Ron Mann
EDITOR: Robert Kennedy
CINEMATOGRAPHERS: Becky Parsons, John M. Tran
FRIDAY NIGHT SPOTLIGHT: CO-PRESENTED WITH THE SAG HARBOR CINEMA ARTS CENTER
Once the center of the New York Bohemia, Greenwich Village is now home to posh restaurants and buzzer-door clothing stores. But one shop in the heart of the Village remains resilient to the encroaching gentrification: Carmine Street Guitars. There, custom guitar maker Rick Kelly and his young apprentice Cindy Hulej, build handcrafted guitars out of reclaimed wood. Nothing looks or sounds quite like a Rick Kelly guitar, which is the reason they are embraced by the likes of Bob Dylan and Lou Reed, just to name two. Featuring a cast of prominent musicians and artists, the film captures five days in the life of Carmine Street Guitars, while examining an all-too-quickly vanishing way of life.
Toronto filmmaker Ron Mann established his international reputation while in his twenties with a series of award-winning theatrical documentaries, including Imagine the Sound (1981), Poetry in Motion (1982), Comic Book Confidential (1988), Twist (1992), and Grass (1999). Ron’s other films include Go Further (2003), Tales of the Rat Fink (2006), Know Your Mushrooms (2008), In the Wake of the Flood (2010) and Altman (2014).