The first ever filmed document of graffiti, Manfred Kirchheimer’s richly chromatic 16mm tone poem sets images of the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn to a soundtrack that interweaves ambient city noises with the gutbucket gospel sound of jazz titan Charles Mingus. Long regarded by cinephiles and hip-hop heads as an obscure cult masterpiece since it premiered at the 1981 New York Film Festival, Stations of the Elevated is a celebration of a quintessentially urban art form—at a time when it was largely dismissed as vandalism. With lyrical shots of tagged trains, desolate rail yards, and other details of the urban landscape, it remains a priceless portrait of a bygone era of New York City culture. World premiere of a new restoration. An Artists Public Domain/Cinema Conservancy release.
This screening is currently sold out, but don’t despair.
Additional seats regularly become available (due to no-shows and day-of ticket releases) and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis right before the film starts.
by the Mingus Dynasty
This event will feature live music by the Mingus Dynasty, the original ensemble formed by Sue Mingus after Charles’ death in 1979 to continue his legacy. The Dynasty will perform a set of selections from the film score as a prelude to the screening.