Ep 27: Amos Poe (Punk and No-Wave Filmmaker)

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Mar 30 2023 • 48 mins

Ep 27: Amos Poe (Punk and No-Wave Filmmaker)

Amos 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.

Over 40 years of creating for the screen, Poe has directed, written for and collaborated with a host of impressive figures of the film, music and art worlds, namely Iggy Pop, Blondie, Patti Smith, Television, Richard Hell and the Heartbreakers, The Ramones, Talking Heads, and Wayne County, as well as Debbie Harry, Vincent Spano, Run DMC, Anthrax, Steve Earle, Burt Lancaster, Macaulay Culkin, Bill Pullman, Richard Edson, Gina Gershon, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

We talk about his start in shooting the early NYC punk scene, his films, his influences, and more.

This was a huge honor.

You can find out more about him at his website.



Filmmaker Amos Poe was recently diagnosed with a rare, aggressive cancer that has left him too weak to continue working. Following a recent barrage of testing, a treatment plan is finally coming together. His family and friends are hoping for the best while knowing the road to recovery will be a long and grueling one.

The costs of care and testing leading up to treatment have been astronomical, even with insurance. The treatment itself and the aftercare will be nearly insurmountable without all of our help.


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