The SEL loses steam here because of their collaboration with the avant garde artists. The film is most interesting when it sticks to images of the town itself but when it drifts towards "performance" it loses authenticity. Perhaps that was not its goal but regardless the film doesn't work well for me, especially near the end with the random scene in an active town featuring the Springsteen song.
You don’t understand. I ain’t scared of you motherfuckers! You could post 'Empire' and I'd still look at the thing. Abandoned buildings and shit. Speaking foreign languages. Long shots, few cuts. I can even handle the off-tune humming and whistling. You don’t understand. I ain’t scared of you motherfuckers! Bring it on!