Listen to the City

Director: Ron Mann
Screenwriters: Ron Mann, Bill Schroder

Institute History

  • 1986 Sundance Film Festival


Ron Mann’s first narrative film features Jim Carroll, the New York poet-pop star, as a visionary rock musician who escapes from a hospital where he has been in a coma for the past sixteen years. As he wanders the streets, the city is newly revealed through his eyes. It is a city in crisis, wounded by poverty and unemployment, administered by a hopelessly inept, self-satisfied mayor and his advisor. A television reporter and her stalwart assistant also struggle to find the key to the city’s problems. Arete (Sandy Horne, from the rock group “The Spoons”) creates a song portraying the dilemma of the world.

Screening Details

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