Philip Hartman's "No Picnic", described as "a cinematic love letter to a pre-gentrification New York City," will be presented as part of the 3rd HOWL! Film Festival in New York City's East Village, a section of the upcoming HOWL! Festival of East Village Arts. A new print of Hartman's film, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the movie, will be included in the event and start a week-long run at the Two Boots Pioneer Theater on August 25th.
Filmed in 1985, then released two years later, the movie captures the East Village of the 1980s, or what organizers call "a vibrant, seedy, sexy, neighborhood populated by musicians, martyrs, pimps and poets." It is the story of a failed musician who is on a quest to find his dream woman. It won the cinematography award at Sundance in 1987 and features Luis Guzman, Richard Hell, and Steve Buscemi, with a soundtrack that includes The Raunch Hands, Lenny Kaye, Charles Mingus, Fela Kuti, Richard Hell, Student Teachers and others. Luis Guzman will be on hand during the festival for a special tribute.
The festival, held this year at the Pioneer Theater and the Anthology Film Archives, will open with Robert Downey, Sr.'s "Greaser's Palace" and also include a screening of his 1970 movie "Pound" featuring a screening of the filmmaker's director's cut. Downey will be in attendance. The film stars Antonio Fargas and also features Robert Downey, Jr.
Other scheduled events include a screening of shorts by Gary Ray, a preview of Jacob Burckhardt and Royston Scott's "Louis The Fourteenth Street", work by Aldo Tambellini, a midnight screening of Amos Poe's 1984 film "Alphabet City," and a selection of work from Manhattan cable access, with appearances by Ann Magnuson, John Sex, Kenny Scharf, and others. Finally, also on tap are screenings of Art Jones' "Lustre", Robert Flanagan's "Bird In The Sky", and Lola Rocknrolla's "Sell Out".
[For more information, please visit the festival website.]