Underground film

  1. The Soft Hustle, 1999-2004


    The story of a Lower East Side lowlife who makes a bet for $1,000, which he promptly loses. After getting kicked out of the apartment of his girlfriend, he finds himself going home with cheap barflies, robbing East Village stores and pathetically pretending he is gay just to have a place to sleep.

    film by Ethan H. Minsker
    Omar Rojer
    Collin Burns
    Jimmy Drago
    Paul Bearer
    Catharine Lyons
    Heather Litteer
    Christine Holt

    You will also see punk rock legends:
    Paul Bearer (Sheer Terror) as the door man.
    Sergio Vega (Deftones / Quicksand)
    Handsome Dick Manitoba (Dictators)
    Jesse Malin (Heart Attacks)
    Howie Pyro (Danzig / Degeneration)
    Max Huber (Swingin Utters)
    John Bush (owner Pork Slope)
    Steve Bonge (Hells Angels)

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    from Ethan Minsker

    Winner D.I.Y. award at RXSM 2014

    Whether you are a successful artist, an unproven entity, or struggling to create while working a 9-5, there is a common thread amongst most creative types: a depression that is kept at bay by producing new works. Art can serve an artist much in the same way any drug might. “Self Medicated” is a new film about art, artists, and their struggles to stay happy. The Antagonist Movement was formed by a group of unknown artists in 2000. Begun in bars and clubs of the Lower East Side, the movement promoted lesser-known works by up-and-coming talent. Over the last thirteen years the Antagonist Movement has grown and expanded from its base in New York to show in cities around the world, including Berlin, Lisbon, and Quito. This film documents the entire history of the Antagonist Movement and the artists involved, employing animation, stop-motion film techniques, interviews, and a killer soundtrack that spans the globe. From the street to the gallery and back again, “Self Medicated” reveals a new wave in art from the last American art movement.

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  3. You can find the DVD here


    The download for $1.99 here


    Anything Boys Can Do...
    Music Documentary
    71 min
    The underground music world has been characteristically male dominated, both the bands and the audiences. With the upsurge of women involvement in the scene, female bands and musicians are all too often regarded as novelty acts, regularly shrugged off as militant feminist or cutely entertaining. Overwhelmed by the numbers of male bands, female bands of the scene are lumped together in one category, "girl group", regardless of style, talent or musical content. Anything Boys Can Do... investigates and reveals the issues affecting women in general and as individual performers.

    Tribe 8
    The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black
    The Wives
    Maul Girls
    and many more

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  4. You can get the film here.


    The Dolls of Lisbon
    72 minutes, Documentary
    Ethan H. Minsker, Filmmaker
    Winner "Best Of Fest" at the Victoria Texas Independent Film Festival.

    The Dolls of Lisbon portrays a collective of international artists who were each given a blank canvas doll and asked to create a unique piece of art, the culmination of which was then displayed at an annual art fair in Lisbon, Portugal. The larger story – a story almost every artist knows well – is the struggle to create art while surviving in a monetarily based world. Through interviews and live art events, the viewer experiences the frustration of artists to maintain their creative inspiration and passion while keeping a roof over their head and food on their plate. In a world of art commercialization and fiscal greed, these artists literally bleed their art to do what they love.

    The Dolls of Lisbon project and the subsequent film were inspired by the Zapatista rebellion in Chiapas, Mexico. This movement used art, music and poetry to attract the attention of the world, famously creating "Zapatista dolls" to communicate visually about an otherwise unknown rebellion. The Antagonist Movement, Inc. (antagovision.com), a consortium of artists, writers and musicians based in New York’s East Village, handmade 100 blank canvas dolls and shipped them around the world for other artists to fashion the dolls as they saw fit. The various dolls were then displayed at Pop Up Lisboa, an annual art fair in Lisbon, in June 2010.

    The film employs stop-motion animation and a vibrant alternative soundtrack. The Dolls of Lisbon was the official selection of the Royal Flush Festival, G40 Art Summit, DC independent film festival and the Hong Kong Underground Film Festival and was recently screened at the Queens Museum of Art as part of an art exhibition. The film features the artwork of rock ‘n’ roll royalties such as Fabrizio Moretti of the Strokes, Arturo Vega from the Ramones and Ted Riederer of Never Records fame.

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    This was the first in a series of films about art, travel and the Antagonist Movement. Look for "The Dolls Of Lisbon" and coming soon "Self Medicated: a film about art"

    From Ethan Minsker

    Plot Outline:An inspiring look at New York underground artists making art and friends on the other side of the world.
    In 2007, ten New York-based artists traveled to Berlin for ten days with one purpose: to experience life artfully. They put on an exhibition in a local gallery, displayed artworks on the street, transformed an abandoned building into an original work of art, and connected with Berlin artists.
    In this film. Arturo Vega (artistic director for the Ramones), Ted Riederer (exhibited at PS 1 Contemporary Art Center), Ethan H. Minsker (founding member of the Antagonist Art Movement), Richard Allen, Brett Farkas, James Rubio, Un Lee, and Crispy T.
    Screenplay By:Ethan H. Minsker Directed By:Ethan H. Minsker
    Produced By:Antagonist Movement.
    “Original musical scores and animated artwork definitely enhance this provocative examination of western contemporary art and the ongoing tension between commercialism and creativity for its own sake.” - Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine

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Underground film

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The first printed use of the term "underground film" occurs in a 1957 essay by American film critic Manny Farber, "Underground Films." Farber uses it to refer to the work of directors who "played an anti-art role in Hollywood." He contrasts "such soldier-cowboy-gangster…

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The first printed use of the term "underground film" occurs in a 1957 essay by American film critic Manny Farber, "Underground Films." Farber uses it to refer to the work of directors who "played an anti-art role in Hollywood." He contrasts "such soldier-cowboy-gangster directors as Raoul Walsh, Howard Hawks, William Wellman," and others with the "less talented De Sicas and Zinnemanns [who] continue to fascinate the critics." However, as in "Underground Press", the term developed as a metaphorical reference to a clandestine and subversive culture beneath the legitimate and official media.

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