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Seven Stories Press

Works of Radical Imagination

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New York’s Lower East Side has been a fountain of creativity and art since the early 1950s, a free-wheeling bazaar of ideas and artists that has challenged and shaped mainstream culture. Captured tells the story of film and video in the Lower East Side and the East Village in the artists’ own words. Over one hundred contributors discuss the early years with Allen Ginsburg, Andy Warhol, Jack Smith, Taylor Mead, and Jonas Mekas, as well as the wild '70s and '80s with Jim Jarmusch, Steve Buscemi, Louis Guzman, Nick Zedd, and many others. Movements such as No Wave and the Cinema of Transgression are covered, as is the story of Pull My Daisy, considered among the true progenitors of "indie film."

Captured is part formal history and part inspirational text, to remind people on the outside looking in how often their contributions form the invisible pillars of American art and popular life. To quote the great pop art filmmaker Jack Smith, "Art school? Art school? I didn’t have the luxury of going to art school. I had to come to New York and go straight to work making art." Captured is a must-have for fans of independent film and students of cinema everywhere.

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Born in 1948 to working class parents in Calgary, Clayton Patterson moved to New York in 1979. Since then his artistic practice has focused on chronicling the life and times the city’s Lower East Side—from the Pyramid Club to the Tompkins Square Police Riots. Patterson joined the No!art movement in 1994. He continues to live and work on New York’s Lower East Side.