Amos Poe / EMPIRE II
USA, 2007, HD, 16:9, 182 min
A tone-poem meditation on the city of our dreams. With music by Patti Smith, Jim Carroll, Lucinda Williams, Jeff Buckley, Jimmie James, Steve Earle, Cassis Staudt, Max Nova, Gram Rabbit, Peggy Lee, Allison Moorer, Hysterics, Debbie Harry, B.B. King, Pink Martini, ... and many more.
He is one of the leading figures of the No Wave Cinema movement (75-85) that grew out of the bustling East Village music and art scene. In '75 Poe and Ivan Kral (Patti Smith Group, Iggy Pop) produced, edited and shot the now classic and definitive punk film, THE BLANK GENERATION. In '76, Poe wrote, produced, and directed his debut groundbreaking feature, UNMADE BEDS, homage to Godard's "Breathless" and the French New Wave. In '77 Poe wrote, produced and directed his most influential film, THE FOREIGNER, starring Eric Mitchell, Patti Astor, Duncan Hannah and Debbie Harry. In '79-'80 Poe concluded his "underground trilogy" with the bleakly beautiful SUBWAY RIDERS, the first foray in color. In the late '90's Poe wrote and directed the neo-noir FROGS FOR SNAKES, and continued writing screenplays, as well as directed two videos for Danny Goldberg's Artemis Records. In '99 Poe began teaching filmmaking at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. In 2001, Poe "Murchian engineered" 29 PALMS, and in '02-'03 Poe produced & directed STEVE EARLE: JUST AN AMERICAN BOY, a feature portrait of singer-songwriter Steve Earle. Poe's latest plans include www.pianospecs.com - an on-line pro-active ad platform for filmmakers, designers & artists.