DIRTY OLD TOWN is the first in a series of original concert films and artist profiles produced by Plexifilm. DIRTY OLD TOWN is a day in the life of Ted Leo and his band, the Pharmacists, as they descend on Coney Island, New York, for the 3rd Annual Siren Music Festival on July 19th, 2003.
Mixing a powerful live set with personal interviews and images of one of the most unique places in New York, Justin Mitchell–director of SONGS FOR CASSAVETES, the acclaimed portrait of the west coast punk underground–takes a deeper look at the man behind the critically praised albums TYRANNY OF DISTANCE and HEARTS OF OAK (Lookout!).
Blending High Definition digital video, 16 mm, miniDV and digital stills, DIRTY OLD TOWN seamlessly cuts between different mediums and shows a powerful live set on a swelteringly hot day at Coney Island, symbol of both An old-fashioned Brooklyn and its recent resurgence. Through interviews, emotive storytelling, lyrics and blistering guitar work, DIRTY OLD TOWN examines Ted Leo’s position in the rock world, one of an artist who strives to remain independent while steadily gaining a more mainstream audience.
Justin Mitchell is a New York-based filmmaker and cinematographer. SONGS FOR CASSAVETES, his debut feature documentary, was shown at the London Film Festival where the festival notes proclaimed, “[It] is that all too rare thing: a documentary feature in which form and content are perfectly attuned… A little gem, small but perfectly formed.” Born in Hollywood, CA, Mitchell grew up in the Valley and moved to New York City in September of 2001, where he continues his work in independent film and video.
- Dirty Old Town
- 2nd Ave., 11am
- Timorous Me
- Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone?
- The Ballad of the Sin Eater
- The High Party
- The Crane Takes Flight
- Parallel or Together?
"Calling Ted Leo one of the decade's most impressive songwriters isn't hyperbole, it's understatement." - Joan Hiller, ALTERNATIVE PRESS
"[Ted Leo] knows how to turn political conviction into punk energy." - Rob Sheffield, ROLLING STONE
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