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film | Carmine Street Guitars & nagesprek Robin Baard

Ron Mann - Woensdag 9 december
Theater Zuidplein, Rotterdam
1,5 uur
€ 12,50
Woensdag 9 december

Carmine Street Guitars

Ron Mann

2018, 80 minuten


Engels gesproken.


Carmine Street Guitars

Once the centre of the New York bohemia, Greenwich Village is now home to luxury restaurants and buzzer door clothing stores catering to the nouveau riche.  But one shop in the heart of the Village remains resilient to the encroaching gentrification: Carmine Street Guitars.


There, custom guitar maker Rick Kelly and his young apprentice Cindy Hulej, build handcrafted guitars out of reclaimed wood from 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 Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Jim Jarmusch, just to name a few.

Featuring a cast of prominent musicians and artists, the film captures five days in the life of Carmine Street Guitars, while examining an all-too-quickly vanishing way of life.


Rick Kelly: Rick Kelly took his love of woodworking one step further when creating guitars out of them. His handmade custom Telecasters have become the stuff of legend since he opened his store and workshop in Greenwich Village in the late1970’s, belying an industrious, gentle and earthy artisan with an eye for what an electric guitar should be and an ear for its enchanting sounds.


Cindy Hulej: A native of Queens, New York, Cindy Hulej has always loved both music and art. She walked into Carmine Street Guitars five years ago and asked Rick for a job, and much to her surprise was hired on the spot.


Dorothy Kelly: The 93-year-old matriarch of Carmine Street Guitars, Rick’s mother, Dorothy, has been crunching the numbers, keeping the books, and maintaining the shop. Mrs. Kelly’s role could not be filled by anyone else.


Filmmaker/producent Ron Mann:

Canadian filmmaker and producer Ron Mann is renowned for his genre-bending approach to documentary cinema that explores art forms and contemporary popular culture with vision and verve. From jazz (Imagine the Sound, 1981), spoken word (Poetry in Motion, 1982), comics (Comic Book Confidential, 1988), dance (Twist, 1992), marijuana (Grass, 1999), car culture (Tales of the Rat Fink, 2006), fungi (Know Your Mushrooms, 2009), and independent filmmaking (Altman, 2015) Mannʼs films invoke the ethos and spirit of his subjects in resonant and contemporary ways.


Nagesprek met gitaartechnicus Robin Baard. Hij is de vaste gitaartechnicus van Waylon en Adje Vandenberg en leverde al meerdere malen zijn technische diensten bij Van Velzen, Within Temptation en Di-rect. “Ik weet precies wat een gitaar nodig heeft om goed te klinken. Als een gitaar fretproblemen heeft kan die niet perfect worden afgesteld en heb je daar een compromis in. Als een gitaar een slechte topkam heeft, dan ontstemt hij veel. Dus dat zijn allemaal dingen die verband met elkaar hebben.”


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