Started in 1975, Metropolis Video was formed by a group of young filmmakers working in and around Manhattan Cable TV's Public Access Department. From August to December 1975 they spent their weekends at CBGB documenting many of the emerging bands, later dubbed punk and New Wave, that had made the Bowery club their home. Working with one of the earliest live-switched multi-camera systems and small sound mixers, the group adopted a verité shooting style that mirrored the intensity and exuberance of the musicians, and together they captured breakout early performances by Talking Heads, Heartbreakers (with Richard Hell and Johnny Thunders), Tuff Darts (with Robert Gordon), Orchestra Luna, and Blondie.
Highlights of these videos were shown in two sold-out screenings at The Kitchen in October 1977. Forty years later The Kitchen is pleased to welcome Metropolis Video back for a screening that includes the world premiere of several songs from a recently discovered and digitally restored fall 1975 performance by Talking Heads at CBGB. A discussion with members of Metropolis Video moderated by Will Hermes will follow. Organized by Katy Dammers.
You can read more about their initial presentation at The Kitchen in 1977 on our Archive Website.
October 3, 7pm
This program is free thanks to the support of our members. To learn more about the benefits of becoming a member, please click here.
This event is made possible with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Photo: Video still from 1975 performance of Talking Heads at CBGB taken by Metropolis Video.
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