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Meet the Filmmaker: Mafred Kirchheimer

Meet the Filmmaker: Mafred Kirchheimer


Date: Thursday, May 10, 2012
Location: NY NATAS, 1375 Broadway (between 37thand 38thStreets), Suite 2103
Reception: 6:00-6:30 PM ~ Program: 6:30-8:00 PM
*Free to NY NATAS Members!
$15 for those without current NY NATAS membership.
In “SprayMasters,” four ex-graffiti writers reflect on their early years as renegades who sneaked into rail yards and decorated New York subway cars with stolen paint, while eluding arrest by the authorities.  Now in their 40’s and embraced by the establishment, Lee Quiñones, Lady Pink, and Futura 2000 are prominent artists with an international following, while  Zephyr is a widely published journalist who writes about popular culture. They talk about the extreme risks they took as teenagers, the joys of seeing their work on subway cars, the diverse styles of graffiti, its global reach, and its place in modern life, where it has been co-opted by advertising and fashion. “SprayMasters” is a follow-up to Kirchheimer’s classic “Stations of the Elevated” (1980), the first film to feature New York’s infamous subway graffiti.  Although the exuberant trains are gone, they live again in “SprayMasters” in extensive, never-before-seen footage, set to an electrifying musical soundtrack that evokes the heyday of graffiti.
About the Filmmaker:
Manfred Kirchheimer is an independent filmmaker who has won awards here and abroad for such films as “Art Is. . . The Permanent Revolution,”  “Tall,”  “We Were So Beloved,” “Stations of the Elevated,”  “Bridge High,”  “Short Circuit,” “Claw,”  “Haiku,”  “Leroy Douglas,”  and “Colossus on the River.”  Kirchheimer teaches film production at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and  is currently finishing a documentary about the men and women who collect bottles and cans in the New York City streets.
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED DUE TO BUILDING SECURITY. ALL NAMES MUST BE ON GUEST LIST. Please RSVP via email to reserve a seat. Please write “SprayMasters” in the subject line. Space is limited.
Producer & Moderated by Sumner Jules Glimcher.


Thu, May 10, 2012
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
(GMT-0400) US/Eastern


1375 Broadway
New York, NY 10018