Day #92: Madonna “Get Into the Groove”
BLANK CITY tells the long-overdue tale of a disparate crew of renegade filmmakers who emerged from an economically bankrupt and dangerous moment in New York history. From the late 1970’s through the mid 80’s, when the city was still a wasteland of cheap rent and cheap drugs, these directors crafted daring works that would go on to profoundly influence the development of independent film as we know it today.
Jim Jarmusch talked about making a movie in his friend John Laurie’s apartment and Jean-Michel Basquait, who was homeless at the time, was sleeping on the floor. Whenever they shot scenes, Jim would pull JMB by his sleeping bag to another side of the room to get him out of the shot. Later in the documentary, John Laurie (Strange Than Paradise) talked about his falling out with Basquait, who had by then, become a hot prospect in the art world. I guess director Susan Seidelman must have caught the wrath, too, of a dividing scene when her no-budget debut, Smithereens, earned her enough credibility to get financing for the pop caper, Desperately Seeking Susan.