Carmine Street Guitars: Ron Mann’s Docu of the Old and Famous Shop

Once the center of the New York bohemia, Greenwich Village is now home to lux restaurants, and chic clothing stores, which cater to the nouveau riche, who have moved into the region.

However, one shop in the heart of the Village remains resilient to the encroaching gentrification, Carmine Street Guitars, which is the focus of the new documentary by vet director Ron Mann (best known for his docus Twist and Grass).

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 Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Jim Jarmusch, and other artists.


Rick Kelly, Cindy Hulej and Dorothy Kelly

Appearances by:

Eszter Balint, Christine Bougie, Nels Cline, Kirk Douglas, Eleanor Friedberger, Bill Frisell, Dallas and Travis Good, Dave Hill, Jaime Hince, Stuart Hurwood, Jim Jarmusch, Lenny Kaye, Marc Ribot and Charlie Sexton