NO WAVE UNDERGROUND

Germany, 2009 | 52 Minutes | A film by Christoph Dreher

New York and West Berlin were economically run-down in the early 80ies. Against this backdrop, in both cities emerges an underground culture that radically breaks with the pop cultural tedium which the 70s had left behind.

  • SYNOPSIS

    Bankruptcy as a catalyst for artistic potential: New York and the Western part of Berlin were economically run-down in the early Eighties. Against this backdrop, in both cities emerges an underground culture that radically breaks with the pop-cultural tedium which the early 70s had left behind.

    A wild and uncompromising scene of young artists working in film, music, painting and theatre trigger off a unique exchange between the subcultures in New York and Berlin and create one of the most inspired and exciting artistic movements of the late 20th century.

    As a member of the band DIE HAUT, filmmaker Christoph Dreher was at the centre of the No Wave scene. With the help of old friends and fellow artists like Jim Jarmusch, Blixa Bargeld, Alex Hacke, Lydia Lunch or Nick Cave he tells us the story of the motives, ideas and attitudes that shaped the scene from an insider’s point of view.

  • DIRECTOR

    Christoph Dreher, born 1953, studied at dffb Berlin and has made various audiovisual productions. Since 2001 he has been teaching film and video at the Merz Akademie in Stuttgart.

  • CREDITS

    Director
    Christoph Dreher

    Cinematography
    Horst Markgraf
    Chris Turner

    Editor
    Ellen El Malki

    Sound
    Zora Butzke
    Haresh Patel

    Producer
    Stefan Kloos

    Assistant Director
    Kerstin Brandes

    Production Manager
    Caroline Kirberg

    Production Assistants
    Max Armansperg
    Philip Widmann

    Production
    Kloos & Co. Medien

    Co-Production
    ZDF in collaboration with ARTE

    Commissioning Editor ZDF/ARTE
    Kathrin Brinkmann

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