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Carmine Street Guitars (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Whether you're a guitar lover, a student of New York City history, or simply interested in celebrating a deep commitment to craft, Carmine Street Guitars strikes a chord.

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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 five days in the life of Carmine Street Guitars, while examining an all-too-quickly vanishing way of life.

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[A] leisurely Sunday stroll of a documentary about the cozy Greenwich Village mainstay in New York City that has served as a sanctuary for musicians.

May 9, 2019 | Full Review…

The subject is so interesting, and the music played by these people is so gorgeous.

April 24, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

While this approach yields results that are sometimes a little stilted, the movie is mostly as sweet as it is informative.

April 24, 2019 | Full Review…

"Carmine Street Guitars" is a one-of-a-kind documentary that exudes a gentle, homespun magic.

April 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Mann is the hipster fly on the wall, just happy to be there and drink it all in - and to share the joy of the experience with us.

April 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A little gem for both guitar heads and lovers of old New York.

September 7, 2018 | Full Review…

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