Given my preoccupations, I’m prone to stumbling somewhat routinely over stuff like this. I discovered the clip below just this afternoon and it’s precisely the type of thing that makes me light up like a pinball machine. Herewith “Eightiesville,” a short film by one Jim Cherry. Herewith Jim’s own description of the project…
I set out to capture 1980s Manhattan with a Bolex 155 Macro-Zoom Super-8 (silent) camera. Starring in order of appearance: Stephanie Kaye, the Empire State Building, I. M. Pei's Kip's Bay apartments.
Ronnie & The Jitters playing a Rock Against Racism rally at Central Park Bandstand: Warren Keller on sax, Dave Post on bass, and Ronnie Decal on guitar,
Joan Baez's nephew Nick Marden (in fedora and badged-up leather jacket),
Neon Leon (last to see Nancy alive with Syd),
Jane Webb and Michael Trulinger at Flushing Meadows site of the 1964 World's Fair,
The Plastics (at Irving Plaza)
Klaus Nomi (at Exile in Brooklyn), The World Trade Center Wolman Skating Rink Saks Fifth Avenue Fiorucci, Maureen Hymers wearing white slacks outside Fiorucci. Also handled camera on shots of me.
Having no access to Klaus' catalog, I faked in license-free iMovie loops--as for the soundtrack generally.
BEST VIEWED FULL SCREEN WITH HEADPHONES ON
ALL MUSIC & SOUND EFFECTS ARE ROYALTY-FREE APPLE GARAGE BAND / JAM PACK.
All footage and creative whole titled "Eightiesville" © Jim Cherry 2013. All rights reserved. May not be re-used in whole or part without written permission.
While only about nine minutes long, the film does paint yet another tantalizing glimpse of a since-vanished New York City.
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