This animated documentary is the story of the Velvet Underground’s disastrous first public performance. While on stage for merely 20 minutes, The Velvet Underground performed three songs: ‘There She Goes’, ‘Venus in Furs’, and ‘Heroin’. The Summit High School audience responded with, as a band member recalled in 1983, a “murmur of surprise that greeted the appearance’ that ‘increased to a roar of disbelief as the band started to play ‘which swelled’ to a mighty howl of outrage and bewilderment…” Half the audience walked out.
Anthony Jannelli is currently head of the cinematography department at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Graduate Film Program. Writer and director Robert Pietri has been working on commercial projects for the likes of Amazon Studios and the City of New York since graduating from N.Y.U.’s graduate film program.
The 2018 Nitehawk Shorts Festival MUSIC DRIVEN program offers a series of short form documentaries that highlights music as vehicle for change, and follows individuals who use this power to overcome emotional, social and economic obstacles.