Gringo aka Story of a Junkie   (1985)
Born to Lose : The Last Rock N Roll Movie   (1999)
Sid & Nancy   (1986)
After Hours   (1985)
Step Across the Border   (1990)
Tap a vein and get ready for the ultra-graphic masterpiece of STORY OF A JUNKIE, a film grittier than Trainspotting and more intense than the writings of William S. Burroughs.
A worldwide film festival favorite and documentary-style reality-based drama comparative to Capturing The Friedmans, STORY OF A JUNKIE follows Gringo (John Spacely), a young man looking for his fortune in the Big Apple, but instead is seduced by the dangerous pleasures of heroin.
Incorporating a Cinema Verité aesthetic with the use of real-life drug addicts, Director Lech Kowalski (D.O.A., Hey Is Dee Dee Home) takes the viewer on a dark journey as we see Gringo sell his soul and stop at nothing to feed his depraved obsession.
A disturbing and intense dose of reality tailor-made for these desperate times, STORY OF A JUNKIE will haunt you forever.
Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz present
a Troma Team release
starring: John Spacely - music by: Chuck Kentis
director of photography: Raffi Ferrucci - editor: Val Kuklowsky
associate producer: Karen O'Toole - executive producer: Gareth E. Newell
produced by: Lech Kowalski and Ann S. Barish
directed by: Lech Kowalski
The mysterious circumstances of cult superstar Johnny Thunders' death in a New Orleans hotel room offers a lurid peek into the legendary New York underground music scene of the 1970's.
a KW Filmworks production
with: Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Thunders, Willy DeVille, John Spacely, Stiv Bators, Cheetah Chrome, Wayne Kramer, Sylvain Sylvain, Chris Spedding, Walter Lure, Jayne County, Mick Webster
camera: Marc Brady, Eric Bulder - archival footage: Bob Gruen
executive producer: Catherine Bourdeau
produced by: Lech Kowalski, Bette Wanderman
edited and directed by: Lech Kowalski
In the lacerating love story SID & NANCY, Alex Cox reimagines the crash-and-burn affair between punk's most notorious self-destructive poster children: Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen - brought to visceral life by brilliant performances from Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb.
Cox turns his anarchic filmmaking style on the explosive energy of the London punk scene and the degenerate streets of seventies New York for this eviscerating depiction of excess and addiction.
Through the lens of cinematographer Roger Deakins, the imagery goes from swooning to grimy, and the film's bleakness is balanced with surreal humor and genuine tenderness, making for an affecting, music-fueled vision of doomed love.
The Samuel Goldwyn Company presents
an Embassy Pictures presentation
of a Zenith production
in association with Initial Pictures
a film by Alex Cox
starring: Gary Oldman - Chloe Webb
director of photography: Roger Deakins - editor: David Martin
music by: Joe Strummer - Pray For Rain - The Pogues
co-producer: Peter McCarthy
written by: Alex Cox and Abbe Wool
producer: Eric Fellner
directed by: Alex Cox
The Geffen Company presents
a Double Play production
starring: Rosanna Arquette, Verna Bloom, Thomas Chong, Griffin Dunne, Linda Fiorentino, Teri Garr, John Heard, Richard Cheech Marin, Catherine O'Hara
production designer: Jeffrey Townsend - music by: Howard Shore
edited by: Thelma Schoonmaker - director of photography: Michael Ballhaus
written by: Joseph Minion - produced by: Amy Robinson, Griffin Dunne and Robert F. Colesberry
directed by: Martin Scorsese
A ninety minute celluloid improvisation.

In STEP ACROSS THE BORDER two forms of artistic expression, improvised music and cinema direct, are interrelated. In both forms it is the moment that counts, the intuitive sense of what is happening in a space. Music and film come into existence out of an intense perception of the moment, not from the transformation of a preordained plan. In improvisation the plan is revealed only at the end. One finds it. The other connection concerns the work method: the film team as band. Much as musicians communicate via the music, our work, too, was realized within a very small and flexible team of equals. What mattered was exchange. And movement. Sometimes we started filming in the middle of the night, responding to a new idea that had arisen only minutes before. We had a fundamental feeling for what we wanted to do, for what kind of film this should be. And we followed that feeling. It was all very instinctive...

Do you know a white rabbit who, playing trumpet, circles the world on his flying carpet?

Maybe you have met him somewhere already, in Zurich, London, Leipzig, Tokyo or New York. That at least was about the route we took and what resulted from it was the black-and-white wink of an eye at the symphonic connection between subways, storms and electric guitars.

An American critic wrote: 'Fred Frith's music makes your jaw drop, your feet dance, and your neighbours move.'

Also starring: several telephones, puddles, scarecrows, saxophones, orchestrated cities and motors.

A music film.
starring: Jonas Mekas, John Spacely, Tom Walker, Ted Milton, Robert Frank, Fred Frith
music by: Fred Frith and friends
film editing: Gisela Castronari, Vera Burnus, Nicolas Humbert, Werner Penzel
cinematography: Oscar Salgado
produced by: Res Balzli
written and directed by: Nicolas Humbert & Werner Penzel
Buttoned-up, button-down word processor Paul Hackett is looking for a break from his humdrum Manhattan routine. Full of hope and good will, he heads to SoHo for a late-night date with Marcy, a pretty girl he scarcely knows. Poor Paul. He's about to become the punch line of a giant cosmic joke. No one's ever told him that when it's AFTER HOURS, different rules apply.

Martin Scorsese, the celebrated, distinctly New York filmaker whose Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, New York and The King of Comedy and other works established him as the Big Apple's premier film chronicler, now takes a darkly comic look at his favorite city in a wild and woolly free-for-all.

The descent down the urban rabbit hole begins when Paul (Griffen Dunne), enroute to SoHo, watches his money fly irretrievably out a taxi window. It's a sign of things to come, because he gradually gets caught in a bizarre web of seemingly chance encounters with the loopy, looney downtown night people, brought to life by a terrific all-star cast including Desperately Seeking Susan's Rosanna Arquette, Tootsie's Teri Garr and the outrageous comedy team Cheech & Chong. But the randon events of Joseph Minion's ingenious script turn out to be related in startling, humorous ways.

"I never read anything so original or intriguing as AFTER HOURS," says Scorsese, who was awarded Best Director honors at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival. "I was fascinated by what was happening as the story unfolds. It is like a Chinese puzzle." See if you can put all the pieces together. Watch this bold, inventive movie now, or AFTER HOURS.