Amos Poe

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Amos Poe
Steve Buscemi and Amos Poe at 2009 Tribeca.jpg
Steve Buscemi and Amos Poe in 2009 at the Tribeca Film Festival
United States
OccupationFilm director, writer

Amos Poe is an American New York City-based director and screenwriter, described by The New York Times as a "pioneering indie filmmaker."[1]


Amos Poe is one of the first punk filmmakers and his film The Blank Generation[2] (1976)—co-directed with Ivan Kral— is one of the earliest punk films. The film featured performances by Richard Hell, Talking Heads, Television, Patti Smith and Wayne County.

He is also associated with the birth of No Wave Cinema due to films such as The Foreigner (1978), featuring Eric Mitchell, Debbie Harry, Anya Phillips, and Subway Riders (1981), starring Susan Tyrrell, Robbie Coltrane and Cookie Mueller.[3] During this time he was also the director of the Public-access television cable TV show TV Party hosted by Glenn O'Brien and Chris Stein.

He is part of the Remodernist film movement, which he described as the next development of Postmodernist and the transformation of existing cultural features, but "using the technology and the sensibility of contemporary rather than nostalgia".[4] "My idea of my work's importance is to see how it moves the culture to where I'd like to see it," Poe said in a 1981 interview.[5]

In 2008, he wrote the screenplay for the 2008 Amy Redford film The Guitar.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Wadler, Joyce (January 17, 2008). "Death and Decorating". The New York Times. Retrieved January 27, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d McNeil, Legs; Gillian McCain (1996). Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk. New York City: Penguin Books. p. 420.
  3. ^ Curley, Mallory. A Cookie Mueller Encyclopedia, Randy Press, 2010.
  4. ^ Bremer, Erin (April 2008). "New York Observers" Archived January 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, City Magazine, pp. 42–43. Retrieved 2010-02-01. Also on Archived July 14, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ <-- formerly -->Sarah Charlesworth (April 1, 1981). "Subway Riders: Amos Poe". BOMB Magazine. Retrieved January 9, 2019.

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