Poe is one of the leading figures of the No Wave Cinema movement (75-85) that grew out of the bustling East Village music and art scene. The No Wave paralleled the punk music explosion and included Jim Jarmusch, Abel Ferrara, Eric Mitchell, James Nares, Beth and Scott B, Vivienne Dick, Sara Driver, John Lurie, Richard Kern, Nick Zedd, Bette Gordon, Melvie Arslanian, Charlie Ahearn, among others – they embraced B-movie genres, the avant-garde, & the French New Wave to create a fresh, vibrant American art cinema.
Poe is considered by many (see John Pierson’s book, “Spike, Mike, Slackers & Dykes”, Legs McNeil’s “Please Kill Me”, or C. Patterson’s “Captured”) to be the “father” of the modern Indy American cinema. In ’75 Poe and Ivan Kral (Patti Smith Group, Iggy Pop) produced, edited and shot the now classic and definitive punk film, THE BLANK GENERATION. This film chronicles the seminal performances of Richard Hell, Patti Smith, Blondie, Ramones, Talking Heads, Television… read more