Carmine Street Guitars

Canada 2018. Dir: Ron Mann. 80 min. DCP

“A love letter — to NYC, to its bohemians and musicians, to taking pride in your work and to finding a place for freaks and misfits to call home.”
DAVID FEAR, ROLLING STONE

“Unassuming and melodious ... Mann’s simple ode makes a case for creativity, community, and the magic of old ways.”
BRAD WHEELER, GLOBE AND MAIL

Spend an heavenly summer week hanging out at an artisanal guitar shop in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village in this charmer from director and pop-culture chronicler Ron Mann (Comic Book Confidential, Twist, Grass), one of Canada’s most dependable documentarians. Ron Kelly crafts exquisite custom guitars using old wood salvaged from historic Gotham buildings. His shop is an outpost of vintage New York bohemia and character in an area of rampant gentrification and homogenization. Prominent musicians and artists — including Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Bill Frisell, Eleanor Friedberger, Nels Cline (Wilco), Charlie Sexton, Kirk Douglas (The Roots), and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch — drop by to check out Kelly’s wares, swap stories, and share a song. Meanwhile, Kelly’s 93-year old mom keeps the books and answers the phone, and his young apprentice, Cindy Hulej (a rare woman in the field), hones her skills. Toronto’s The Sadies provide the score (and make an appearance).


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“Wonderful ... Mann affectionately observes the last of a dying breed.”

POV Magazine | full review

“A New York story about standing tall in the face of commerce-driven gentrification.”

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