Stations of the Elevated

Stations of the Elevated

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Stations of the Elevated (1981) is a 45-minute city symphony directed, produced and edited by Manfred Kirchheimer. Shot on lush 16mm color reversal stock, the film weaves together vivid images of graffiti- covered elevated subway trains crisscrossing the gritty urban landscape of 1970s New York, to a commentary-free soundtrack that combines ambient city noise with jazz and gospel by Charles Mingus and Aretha Franklin. Gliding through the South Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan – making a rural detour past a correctional facility upstate –Stations of the Elevatedis an impressionistic portrait of and tribute to a New York that has long since disappeared.

SPECIAL DOUBLE-DISC SET FEATURES:

Limited edition - only 500 made available

Disc One:

  • New interview with director Manfred (Manny) Kirchheimer 
  • Writer’s Bench– new video discussion about graffiti in the film with artist Lee Quinones (Lee) and artist/historian David (Chino) Villorente 
  • Stations Locations – video update 
  • Film Treatment and Script Notes (downloadable PDF)
  • Old Timers Day at 5Pointz – artists come together to paint a legendary wall
  • A Brief History of Manfred Kirchheimer – short video by one of Kirchheimer’s many students 

 Disc Two:

  • THE NEW YORK FILMS – COLOSSUS ON THE RIVER (1965), CLAW (1968), SHORT CIRCUIT (1973), BRIDGE HIGH (1975)
  • New interviews with director Kirchheimer about each short film
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