Woodstock Film Festival and Upstate Films
co-present a special screening of
by director Ron Mann
with special guests Rick Kelly and Cindy Hulej

Join us at Upstate Films Woodstock on August 17 at 2:30pm
132 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498

Tickets can be purchased from 2pm,
at Upstate Films Woodstock
132 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498
General Admission Tickets - $11
Upstate Film Members - $9

(Canada / 2019 / 80 minutes)

“Sonic magic… One of the best films of 2019” - Variety

“Absolutely essential... A love letter… to the art of crafting a damn fine Stratocaster, to taking pride in your work and to finding a place for freaks and misfits to call home.” – David Fear, Rolling Stone

CARMINE STREET GUITARS is set in what once was the center of the New York bohemia, Greenwich Village –– now home to luxury restaurants, and buzzer door clothing stores catering to the nouveau riche.

One shop in the heart of the Village remains resilient to the encroaching gentrification: CARMINE STREET GUITARS. In this shop, custom guitar maker Rick Kelly and his young apprentice Cindy Hulej, build handcrafted guitars out of reclaimed wood from New York’s old hotels, bars, churches and other local buildings.

Nothing looks or sounds quite like a Rick Kelly guitar, which is the reason they are embraced by the likes of Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Band), Kirk Douglas (The Roots), Eleanor Friedberger, Nels Cline (shopping for Wilco bandmate Jeff Tweedy), jazz guitarists Bill Frisell and Marc Ribot, and filmmaker/composer Jim Jarmusch –– not to mention Bob Dylan, Patti Smith.

Featuring a cast of prominent musicians and artists, and some virtuoso performances, the film captures five days in the life of one shop in the heart of Greenwich Village that remains resilient to the all-too-quickly vanishing way of life.

The film is dedicated to Jonathan Demme.

Ron Mann is one of today's foremost documentary filmmakers. He 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), Altman (2014) and Carmine Street Guitars (2018). Ron has also acted as executive producer on the documentaries Brakhage (1998), Examined Life (2008), Mighty Uke (2010), Lunarcy! (2012), Mermaids (2016) I Called Him Morgan (2016) as well as the television series Pure Pwnage (2010).

In 2002, Ron also founded FILMS WE LIKE, a boutique distributor of documentary, independent and international films in Canada. Beginning with Sam Green and Bill Siegel's The Weather Underground (2002), Films We Like has released over 300 films and counting.

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