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In Memory of Lou Reed, Watch His Short Film ‘Red Shirley’

In Memory of Lou Reed, Watch His Short Film 'Red Shirley'

The music world lost a legend today with the death of Lou Reed. But the film world is mourning as well. Reed provided music for the soundtracks to many television shows and films, including “Berlin Alexanderplatz,” “Natural Born Killers,” “Velvet Goldmine,” “High Fidelity,” “Trainspotting,” “Prozac Nation,” “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Brick,” “Juno” and many more.

Reed also appeared in many films, including Wim Wenders’ “Faraway, So Close!,” Wayne Wang’s “Blue in the Face” and Paul Auster’s “Lulu On The Bridge.”
Reed had his directorial debut in 2010 with the short film, “Red Shirley” co-directed by Ralph Gibson. The film is a portrait of Shirley Novick, a 99-year-old woman who lived through the WWI and fled Poland for Canada during WWII. She eventually illegally immigrated to the U.S. where she worked in a textile factory. She engaged in union struggles and participated in the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. She was also Lou Reed’s cousin. 
You can hear Reed interviewing his cousin throughout this short documentary, which you can watch at SnagFilms (Indiewire’s parent company) or below:


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R.I.P. Lou Reed

Lydia Dean Pilcher

"I'm rushing on my run and I feel just like Jesus' son" from Lou Reed's song "Heroin" – inspiration for title of Denis Johnson's collection of short stories, "Jesus' Son" – adapted to cult film, "Jesus' Son" directed by Alison Maclean and I produced with Elizabeth Cuthrell and David Urrutia-who also co-wrote with Oren Moverman. A film that holds so much specialness for me and so many. Thank you Lou for the gleam in your eye….

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