Eric Mitchell is a French born writer/director/actor who moved to New York City in the early 1970s. He has acted in many No Wave films (for example in Permanent Vacation (1980) by Jim Jarmusch), but he is best known for his writing and directing his own films: Kidnapped, Red Italy, Underground USA and The Way it Is or Eurydice in the Avenues, starring Steve Buscemi, Vincent Gallo, Mark Boone Junior and Rockets Redglare.
Life and work
During the late 1970s-early 1980s, Eric Mitchell was among the most significant proponents of the punk bohemia, No Wave Cinema, no-budget style of underground punk filmmaking that was concerned with issues of simulation typical of postmodernism. He worked out of New York City’s East Village area in conjunction with Colab and other performance artists and noise musicians and created a series of scruffy, deeply personal short Super 8mm and 16mm films in which he combined darkly sinister images to explore the manner in which the individual is… read more