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Stations of the Elevated


Stations of the Elevated + Nas: Time is Illmatic

Unclassified 15+

Jazz on Film 2015

Seasons & Screenings

30 May - 6 Jun

The graffiti-lined streets of New York are captured in all their grit and glory in two exhilarating documentaries featuring the music of Charles Mingus and Nas.

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  • Double feature with 10 minute interval:

    Stations of the Elevated

    Manfred Kirchheimer, 45 mins, USA, 1981, Artists Public Domain/Madman

    Considered one of the earliest filmed documentaries on graffiti, Stations of the Elevated captures in chromatic 16mm film the rhythms and hues of New York City, turning the concrete landscapes and graffiti-lined railway stations into a symphonic city poem on urban decay while celebrating a unique and emerging art form.

    Made all the more remarkable by its blistering Charles Mingus-infused soundtrack, this hypnotic film has rarely been seen outside its premiere at the 1981 New York Film Festival. This recent restoration presents a chance to catch this obscure cult documentary.

    "A 45-minute proto-hip-hop bliss-out, a masterpiece of train- and tag-spotting." — The Village Voice

    Nas: Time is Illmatic

    One9, 74 mins, USA, 2014, Artists Public Domain/Madman

    The creative process is captured in wonderful detail in this engaging documentary on the making of Nas’ seminal album, Illmatic. Returning to his home in Queensbridge, New York, Nas breaks down the many influences and stories that make up the soul of this album. Within its syncopated rhymes you can hear the evolution of the hip-hop scene in New York and the musical influence of Nas’ jazz musician father, Olu Dara.

    "Nas and his landmark debut album get the retrospective treatment in a smart, tightly focused documentary" – Variety