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$8 per device Online Experience
1.5 hours
Deborah Harry
The B52's
The Cure, Robert Smith
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What We’ll Do

Join acclaimed cinematographers Charles Libin & Paul Cameron for an intimate talk and viewing session on their archival music footage from 1979 - 1981 documenting the Punk, Post-Punk and the New Wave scene of New York City.

With the cinematographers, we’ll watch their fil of the B-52’s legendary performance of Rock Lobster at the Hurrah Night Club, The Cure’s first New York City appearance and performances by Debbie Harry, Gang of Four & Suicide.

Throughout the experience we’ll discuss life in New York City in the early 80’s and the club culture that shaped their innovative ways of approaching music documentation. From Charles being known as the very first Veejay, to inspiring the team who went on to launch MTV, this will be a rare look at the early days of “music videos” and how it forever changed the history of music.

In the spirit of helping artists and independent venues, Charles and Paul will also be donating their portion of the sales to Film Noir Cinema in Greenpoint Brooklyn.

About Your Host
Charles Libin & Paul Cameron
Charles Libin & Paul Cameron

Charles Libin: Recent work includes cinematography for Jim McKay’s En el Séptimo Día, a 2019 Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award winner and one of both Hollywood Reporter’s and ArtForum’s 10 Best Films of the year. “Breathtakingly beautiful widescreen cinematography that deserves to be seen on a big screen”, Sight & Sound Magazine, describes Libin’s photography on Byamba Sakhya’s dramatic feature debut Remote Control, a 2014 Camerimage Selection and winner of the 2013 Busan Film Festival New Currents Award. Coming soon is Amy Miller Gross’s dramedy Sister of the Groom, starring Alicia Silverstone. Libin’s documentary cinematography includes The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash, directed by Thom Zimny and Jonathan Demme’s What’s Motivating Hayes. Over the years Libin has done camerawork on many other Jonathan Demme films including his Neil Young Trilogy. Libin’s love of music has led him to work on numerous performance films including David Byrne’s American Utopia, directed by Spike Lee, Julian Schnabel’s Lou Reed: Berlin, Thom Zimny’s Bruce Springsteen on Broadway and Western Stars. Libin directed the 2006 experimental thriller American Combatant.


Paul Cameron, ASC has worked on some of the most visually groundbreaking feature films of the past decade. Cameron recently directed an episode of Westworld, having lensed the pilot for the critically acclaimed HBO series, earning him a 2017 Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series, and a 2017 ASC Award nomination for outstanding achievement in a TV, Movie, Miniseries or Pilot. It also featured in the 2016 Camerimage First Look TV Pilots competition. In 2017 he shot the action thriller The Commuter, starring Liam Neeson and directed by Jaume Collet-Serran. Cameron has lensed for directors: Tony Scott (Man on Fire, Déjà Vu), Michael Mann (Collateral), Niels Arden Oplev (Dead Man Down), Len Wiseman (Total Recall), and Dominic Sena (Swordfish, Gone in Sixty Seconds) among others. His cinematography for director Michael Mann’s Collateral earned him a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award and the Los Angeles Critics Award for Best Cinematography. In 2003, his masterful lensing caught the eye of the Clio and AICP awards. His photography on the BMW featurette Beat the Devil with director Scott took top cinematography honors at both events and is now part of the NYC Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. He won another Clio in 2008 for the VW Golf Night Drive spot with director Noam Murro – his third Clio to date.

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