Gridlords Movie Club #4

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Gridlords Movie Club #4

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We are playing a very special film called Downtown 81. This film is very important to Gridlords, as it encompasses a great deal of its core inspirations and showcases a spirit that Gridlords aspires to embody. Downtown 81 may have never happened if the brilliant Journalist/ musician/ artist Glenn O'Brien had not 1st created his cable acess show TV Party in the late '70s. That show is all Gridlords ever wanted to be, or a lot of it anyway. Glenn O'Brien's TV Party changed things in art and also archived a scene in one of new York's most productive music and art-heavy moments in its huge career as a city of important art. O'Brien, based on this show, was asked to script a film that would show his scene from his perspective. O'Brien was smart enough at that time to realize that what he should do is document the scene around him and make his protagonist the real life Jean Michel Basquiat, and follow him through the city just doing his thing........ with a little direction...... and a loose script. It's hard to get people to do things, you know....... What came of this was the most incredible film maybe of a decade! MAYBE! Probably! A romanticized and very real Basquiat is captured, Debbie Harry reveals she is a fortune-revealing fairy and we see performances by almost everyone who is responsible for the state of our current generation, who so passively replicate their work without even knowing it because they discovered it on Tumblr with no tag. Anyway, Come watch this film! It's where its at! IT'S FREE

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