I met Phillip Giambri at Grassroots Tavern (R.I.P.) on St. Marks Place during the summer of 2016 after hearing him perform at an open mic in the East Village. He drank me under the table that afternoon, but not before we agreed to collaborate and bring his poem "The Boho's Lament" to life.
This film is a tribute to Phillip and his storytelling that celebrates the New York City he once knew. Phillip, thank you for your patience through the process.
The Boho's Lament
Written and Performed by Phillip Giambri
Filmed and Directed by Dustin Cohen
Editor: Daniel Ferry
Colorist: Daniel Silverman @ MPC
Additional Cinematography: Autumn Eakin
Original Music: Hanah Saxton
Sound Designer: Olaitan Agueh
Phillip Giambri aka the Ancient Mariner has been writing and performing in New York City's East Village since 1968, watching the city grow and evolve; sometimes for the better, oftentimes the worse.
You can still find Phillip sipping cheap drinks and waxing philosophical at the some of the last remaining real East Village dive bars like Coal Yard, Doc Holidays, 7B, and International Bar. He hosts an open mic on the last Wednesday of every month at Three of Cups Lounge on First Avenue.
To learn more about Phillip Giambri and his writing, visit: ancientmarinertales.com