Carmine Street Guitars

The most unassuming, sneakily beautiful, goddamn treat of a film I have ever seen.


Carmine Street Guitars

Once the center of the New York bohemia, Greenwich Village is now home to lux 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've been 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, and some virtuoso performances, the film captures five days in the life of Carmine Street Guitars, while examining an all-too-quickly vanishing way of life.

"A little gem for both guitar heads and lovers of old New York." (Hollywood Reporter)
Not Rated
Documentary, Music, New York City
Ron Mann
Jim Jarmusch, Kirk Douglas, Charlie Sexton
David Fear, Rolling Stone

Head down to Carmine and Bleeker Street in downtown New York, and you’ll see Rick Kelly and his associate, Cindy Hulej, crafting intricate, insanely detailed guitars made from locally recycled wood — if the materials happen to be from a Gotham landmark like McSorley’s, all the better. Filmmaker Ron ...

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