Chelsea On The Rocks
Filmfest 2008

History and mythology of Manhattan’s bohemian landmark, The Chelsea Hotel. Home to such icons as Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Tennessee Williams, Charles Bukowski, Andy Warhol and Mark Twain, and perennial shelter to artists great and small, new management has recently begun evicting boho tenants in favor of a more upscale crowd, prompting long-time resident Ferrara to capture the ragged splendor of the place before its unique spirit is lost forever. Includes interviews with residents past and present such as Milos Forman, Ethan Hawke, Dennis Hopper and R. Crumb, vintage music and archival footage, and dramatic re-enactments summoning ghosts of the Chelsea’s storied past – Nancy Spungen and Sid Vicious, Janis Joplin – performed by Bijou Phillips, Adam Goldberg, Giancarlo Esposito, and Grace Jones. As yet another of New York’s landmark’s threatens to vanish for the sake of a bland corporate status quo, CHELSEA ON THE ROCKS passionately shows how it’s often the misfits that possess a city’s soul. Production Notes

With: Dennis Hopper, Ethan Hawke, Grace Jones, Robert Crumb

tags: Documentary


Director: Abel Ferrara