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Carmine Street Guitars

2018, Ron Mann, USA, 80 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jul 26th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jul 26th 6:30pm
  • Sat, Jul 27th 7:45pm
  • Sun, Jul 28th 1:00pm
  • Mon, Jul 29th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Jul 30th 8:30pm
  • Wed, Jul 31st 8:30pm
  • Thu, Aug 1st 8:15pm
Chicago premiere!

"A one-of-a-kind documentary that exudes a gentle, homespun magic."—Owen Gleiberman, Variety

"Mann's beautifully burnished, gently-paced film has the glow of a handcrafted object itself…They still make them like they used to, and it's wonderful to watch."—Shelly Kraicer, Cinema Scope

Tucked away on a quiet street in New York's Greenwich Village is the small shop where Rick Kelly practices his art. Kelly is to the electric guitar what Stradivarius was to the violin. Since 1990, using wood salvaged from demolished buildings ("It's like playing a piece of New York"), he has handcrafted one-of-a-kind instruments for the likes of Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, and Patti Smith. This captivating hang-out documentary—a love letter to New York, rock 'n' roll, and old-school craftsmanship—centers on the daily routine of Kelly's establishment, where he works side by side with his hipster protégé Cindy Hulej. Meanwhile, guitar junkies young and old drop by to trade stories and perform a tune: Lenny Kaye, Bill Frisell (whose rendition of "Surfer Girl" is a highlight), Charlie Sexton, Jim Jarmusch, Jamie Hince of The Kills, Eleanor Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces, Kirk Douglas of the Roots, and more. DCP digital. (MR)

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