by Mark Olsen.
A group of like-minded young people pool their resources, make use of new, inexpensive technology and begin to make movies that capture their particular time and place. From the French New Wave to the recent American micro-budget movement, filmmakers have often come together just so. The documentary “Blank City,” which opens in Los Angeles on Friday, explores the independent filmmakers of New York City’s downtown scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Though the New York musicians from that era — the Ramones, Blondie and Sonic Youth, to name but a few — have been well documented, the filmmaking of that period has been less examined, even though directors such as Jim Jarmusch (“Stranger Than Paradise”) and Susan Seidelman (“Smithereens”), as well as performers such as Steve Buscemi, John Lurie, Lydia Lunch and Ann Magnuson, have gone on to long and varied careers.
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