Carmine Street Guitars

CANADA
PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY RON MANN
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: CARTER LOGAN
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: BECKY PARSONS
EDITOR: ROBERT KENNEDY
INTERNATIONAL SALES: THE MATCH FACTORY

Once the centre of the New York bohemia, Greenwich Village is now home to lux restaurants, and buzzer door clothing stores catering to the nouveau riche.  But one shop in the heart of the Village remains resilient to the encroaching gentrification: Carmine Street Guitars.

There, custom guitar maker Rick Kelly and his young apprentice Cindy Hulej, build handcrafted guitars out of reclaimed wood from old hotels, bars, churches and other local buildings. Nothing looks or sounds quite like a Rick Kelly guitar, which is the reason they are embraced by the likes of Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Jim Jarmusch, just to name a few.
 
Featuring a cast of prominent musicians and artists, the film captures a day in the life of Carmine Street Guitars, while examining the history and changes of the colourful and storied neighbourhood of Greenwich Village.