STATIONS OF THE ELEVATED (1981) – Light & Sound Machine

One screening only! 8:00 PM on Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014 at Third Man Records in Nashville, TN.

Directed by Manfred Kirchheimer – 1981 – USA – 46min – Color – Digital

The earliest filmed document of graffiti, Manfred Kirchheimer’s richly chromatic 16mm city symphony sets images of northern Manhattan to a soundtrack that interweaves ambient city noises with the gutbucket gospel squall of jazz titan Charles Mingus. Long regarded by cinephiles and hip-hop heads as an obscure cult masterpiece since it premiered at the 1981 New York Film Festival, Stations of the Elevated is a celebration of a quintessentially urban art form—at a time when it was largely dismissed as vandalism. This priceless portrait of a bygone era of New York City culture comes to Nashville after its sold-out screening at this year’s BAMcinemaFest.


Directed by Manfred Kirchheimer -1968 – USA – 18min – Color – Digital

The central theme of this documentary is that contemporary urban development subordinates human values to economic values.


Directed by Manfred Kirchheimer – 1963 – USA – 15min – Color – 16mm

Kirchheimer’s first film. This documentary attempts to capture the passing of an era by filming the docking of a large ocean liner.

Discounted $8 tickets are available for Belcourt members via the Belcourt website. All member and non-member tickets will be available via will call, day-of-film, at Third Man beginning at 7pm.