Carmine Street Guitars — Official Trailer


added: Tue, Mar 26th '19

Meet Rick Kelly, the store owner of "Carmine Street Guitars," a custom guitar shop located in the heart of New York's Greenwich Village neighborhood.

Rick is a soft-spoken and humble guitar maker. For decades now, he has eked out a simple, modest living. He is widely-known for constructing his own unique custom guitars, which are normally hand-carved from reclaimed scraps of wood from old New York buildings. On any given day, you would see a famous guitarist perusing around Rick's workshop/store, that is, if they are not picking up a special guitar order.

Indie documentary filmmaker Ron Mann (Altman, Comic Book Confidential, Tales of the Rat Fink) spends several days at Rick's guitar shop "Carmine Street Guitars," and films Rick and his young apprentice, Cindy, as they conduct a typical work week, which may include a number of surprise visits from rock celebrities and famous guitar enthusiasts.

After making the rounds on the festival circuit, including well-received screenings at last year's Venice and TIFF and this year's SXSW, "Carmine Street Guitars" is now slated to open in New York City on April 24th, with other cities to follow.

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 are 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 one shop in the heart of Greenwich Village that remains resilient to an all-too-quickly vanishing way of life.


directed by   Ron Mann

release date   April 24, 2019 (in NY; other cities to follow)

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