Chelsea on the Rocks (2008)
His new film, "4:44 Last Day On Earth," was shot early last spring and was initially slated to star Ethan Hawke. Some sources have claimed that Hawke dropped out after shooting had begun, rumors that Ferrara declined to address.
"Calvin Marshall" (2010)
Directed by Gary Lundgren
Released by Passion River
Steve Zahn exemplifies the adage those who can't do teach as a college baseball coach who never was quite good enough to make the majors who sees something of himself in an enthusiastic but unskilled player (Alex Frost) that he keeps on the team in writer/director Gary Lundgren's feature debut.
"Chelsea on the Rocks" (2009)
Directed by Abel Ferrara
Released by Hannover House
"Bad Lieutenant" director Ferrara compiles a biography of the famed Chelsea Hotel in New York through archival footage, reenactments and interviews with the many artists who have stayed there throughout the years from Milos Forman and R. Crumb to Ethan Hawke and Gaby Hoffman.
"Claang the Game" (2009)
Directed by Stefano Milla
Released by Triumphant Entertainment
A game of "Claang," a strategy-heavy match of wits, leads to a discussion
Over the past few years, Abel Ferrara has had quite an underground career. Films like Go Go Tales and Chelsea On The Rocks were pretty much unseen by the public, and even much hyped projects like his Jekyll & Hyde film were either stalled or completely shelved.
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If you think of Chelsea on the Rocks, the new movie by Abel Ferrara, as an “informative documentary,” then it probably seems like a total failure. Interviewees are never identified; when famous faces pop up, the reason for their “importance” is never explained. As far as the movie’s concerned, Ethan Hawke is just a divorced father, Dennis Hopper is just a Dylan Thomas fan, Milos Forman is just some guy who knows how to tell a good story. Any attempts Ferrara makes to explain the change in the famous building's management that's supposedly the reason for the movie are at best half-hearted. If you wanna learn about that, you're better off reading a magazine. Yes, it's a documentary, but not one about the Chelsea Hotel. The history here, the famous names and events, are just wallpaper.
Director: Abel Ferrara
Writers: Abel Ferrara, David Linter, and Christ Zois
Cinematographers: David Hausen and Ken Kelsch
Studio/Run Time: Aliquot Films, 88 mins.
In 2007, the longtime manager of New York’s Chelsea Hotel, Stanley Bard, was forced from his position in an attempt at turning the sometime-bohemian paradise into a corporate edifice earning money from its historic status. It’s an interesting and ongoing story, one that director Abel Ferrara has been capturing on film as it’s been happening by speaking with many of the hotel’s current and past inhabitants about the building’s past and future and how much it’s affected them personally. Too bad that’s only a small portion of the ramshackle Chelsea on the Rocks, which only peripherally explores the current developments and as a result topples under the weight of its unfocused ambition.
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After making a name for himself at Cannes with his award-winning shorts, Nyu film grad Antonio Campos took his feature debut there last year. "Afterschool" earned its share of controversy during its festival run, along with as a Spirit Award nomination for best first feature. Reminiscent of Gus Van Sant and Michael Haneke, this hazy story of digital detachment blends viral video and prep school tragedy in its story of a paranoid internet junkie (Ezra Miller) who witnesses the death of a pair of classmates who overdose on drugs, and
Along with the poor residents, many times the essence of the area departs as well.
Legendary independent filmmaker Abel Ferrara explored the disparaging effects of gentrification at the legendary Chelsea Hotel in his documentary "Chelsea on the Rocks."
The movie was was screened following Ferrara's Career Achievement Tribute at the Gusman Theater in downtown Miami Thursday night.
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