'Carmine Street Guitars' film to be screened at Palace Danbury

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Carmine Street Guitars, a shop which adds significant character to the heart of Greenwich Village, is celebrated in a new film that will be screened at the Palace Danbury on Friday, May 10.

Simply called “Carmine Street Guitars,” the movie captures five days in the life of this beloved business. Directed by Ron Mann, it also features prominent musicians and artists.

Discussing his inspiration for involvement in this project, Mann has said he was attracted by “the magical vibe of the place and its community of musicians who stop by to hang out . . . Ultimately, I felt it was something that needed to captured … before it just all slips away.”

Carmine Street Guitars isn’t a chain or a franchise. It’s a unique store, like so many small businesses on main streets across America, where great pride is taken in the work that’s performed there.

The Palace Danbury offered further details, saying, “Once the center 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 and Jim Jarmusch, just to name a few.”

“Carmine Street Guitars” includes some virtuoso performances. Rolling Stone says the film delivers a “gentle, warm, immensely satisfying portrait.”

The Palace, Danbury, 165 Main St. Friday May 10, 8 p.m. $15. 203-794-9944