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21 Days Under The Sky

April 2, 2016


unnamed.pngJoin us Friday April 22nd, for a very special NYC Screening Party for the film 21 Day’s Under The Sky, presented by Cine Meccanica, La Motocyclette &  the film’s writer, poet and journalist Kate O’Connor Morris.

The film will be released online for purchase in May. So, all attending this exclusive NYC premier screening will see the film before it’s full project release and receive a special gift, a collector’s addition La Motocyclette zine made to commemorate the film and this longstanding collaboration. The film will be followed by a Q&A and two killer bands. All tickets will be held for pickup at the venue day of. Please save your email confirmation of your ticket purchase. BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE TODAY!

Friday, April 22nd

Nihil Gallery , 251 Douglass St. Brooklyn, NY 11217

7pm Doors and Drinks
8pm Film Screening
9pm Q&A
10pm Tower
11pm The Golden Grass

21 DAYS UNDER THE SKY is an unconventional true story about those who don’t conform. Four guys meet in San Francisco to start a 3,800 mile ride down the Lincoln Highway – the oldest coast to coast route connecting the east to the west. They are riding vintage “choppers”; bikes prone to break down or run out of gas. Through the highs and lows of a long journey, this story examines the timeless American love affair with the motorcycle and an even greater American tradition: the road trip.

It’s not a biker movie about crime, drugs, and women, though these are obvious byproducts of a life lived full. This is a side of motorcycle living that isn’t often told. Their journey becomes less about getting anywhere and more about going back to where things started; about the vast heavenly landscapes, the proud people they encounter, and the small towns they rest in. It is a contemporary look at the American Dream, and the fearless few that have the guts to go without a plan. A reminder of what real adventure feels like.

Beautifully directed and filmed through the lens of famed motorcycle lifestyle photographer, Michael Schmidt, and written by poet and journalist Kate O’Connor Morris, this widescreen cinematic experience is the first of its kind, and is recognized as the seminal “chopper” film of this generation. Narrated by actor Robert Patrick, he delivers the deep ominous voice of the bikers’ internal thought, the words we wish could attain to describe our feelings for what it’s like to be on old Harley chopper; racing through deserts and forest roads, salt flats, and two lane blacktops, camping on the rain-soaked ground, and emerging grease-stained from underneath your broken-down bike on the side of the road. 21 DAYS UNDER THE SKY is the one time the words EPIC and ADVENTURE can actually be used without the normal trappings of how these words are tossed about in social media.

Watch The Trailer:

Instagram: @21daysunderthesky #21daysunderthesky

For news & updates go to: http://www.21DaysUnderThe

Trash and chaossss!!!!

January 8, 2016

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Hey mister, do you know ‘Rock ‘n Roll’?

Cine Meccanica is thrilled to support Pizza & Movie night, presented Saturday January 9th at 6pm by Kickstart Cycle Supply. so, slip into your leathers, grab your shades (and earplugs) and hop on over to the Bergen Brick Oven Bar and Grill for a screening of the 1999 classic Wild Zero starring Guitar Wolf, followed by heavy metal karaoke. Yea, it’s gonna be one hell of a night!

See you at the flicks…and stick around after for heavy metal karaoke.


wild-zero-dvdWild Zero (1999)

Rock ‘n Roll is NOT over, baby! Rock ‘n Roll NEVER DIES!

Wild Zero is a 1999 Japanese “Jet rock ‘n’ roll” zombie horror comedy cult classic directed by Tetsuro Takeuchi, and starring the Japanese garage punk band Guitar Wolf. It borrows many elements from other popular B-movies such as Psychomania and Evil Dead II.


Ace, a wannabe rock star, is on his way to a concert of the band Guitar Wolf when space aliens invade the Earth. As a result the dead rise to their feet in the countryside setting of Asahi, Chiba, with an appetite for flesh. Enlisting the help of his rock ‘n roll blood brother Guitar Wolf, Ace and the members of the band get entangled in many misadventures with crazy rock managers in very tight shorts, transsexuals, naked women shooting guns in the shower, and bloodthirsty zombies ready to tear them apart.


Don’t get shitty!

Leather jackets, loud over-modulated music, laser guitar picks, motorcycles, guns, muscle cars, and fire abound. Guitar Wolf, a Japanese trio signed to Matador Records in the US—and self-proclaimed coolest rock band in the world—star as the well-coiffed heroes. It is also a love story, between Ace and Tobio, a trans woman.


Love has no borders, nationalities, or genders!

The music, in a garage punk vein, plays an important role in the film. It features music from Greg Cartwright of Reigning Sound and The Oblivians. His 1997 song “Twice as Deep” by Greg Oblivian & the Tip Tops is featured.



This film is similar to another movie by a Spanish punk group, La matanza caníbal de los garrulos lisérgicos, produced by Siniestro Total (a punk band from Vigo, Spain). –Wikipedia

Watch the trailer

Listen to the Soundtrack (earplugs recommended)


Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold.

September 12, 2015


Wednesday, September 16th

Hand & Detail, 280 Meeker Ave, Bklyn, NY 11211

7:30pm – Hot Rod, Classic Car Parking available. First come first serve. 

8:30pm – The Outsiders (1983)


It was your bright idea, smarty.

Cine Meccanica is thrilled to present a very special screening of the classic greaser flick The Outsiders. This classic tale of greasers and socs, has always been a dark favorite of mine. Genius cast, a beautiful adaptation of the novel by S. E. Hinton, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, what else could you want?

Well I’m glad you asked. We think you want to see it at a DRIVE-IN…and urban DRIVE-IN in the wilds of Brooklyn, under the smoggy stars, surrounded by hot rods, classic cars, and vintage motorcycles. because…DRIVE-IN!

With the help of Bobby Redd (and after over a decade of plotting and fighting for this) we have put together the first DRIVE-IN in NYC in god knows how long. So, cuff those jeans like you’re “waitin on a floodin”, roll a pack of smokes into that greasy white tee sleeve, lace those cons, and throw the kiddies in the rumble seat to head on over to Hand & Detail.

We’ll have the concession stand hoppin’ with drinks, popcorn…and even a mobile wood fired pizza oven courtesy of Park Luncheonette.

Be there or be square, cause this don’t happen often. See you at the flicks!

Corinna Mantlo


They grew up on the outside of society. They weren’t looking for a fight. They were looking to belong.

The Outsiders is a 1983 American drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton. The film was released on March 25, 1983. Jo Ellen Misakian, a librarian atLone Star Elementary School in Fresno, California, and her students were responsible for inspiring Coppola to make the film.[1]

The film is noted for its cast of up-and-coming stars, including , C. Thomas Howell (who garnered a Young Artist Award), Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio, and Diane Lane. The film helped spark the Brat Pack genre of the 1980s. Both Lane and Dillon went on to appear in Coppola’s related film Rumble Fish. Emilio Estevez went on to be in ‘That Was Then… This Is Now, the only S.E. Hinton film adaptation not to star Matt Dillon.


I gotta cut smoking or I’ll never make track next year.

In 1965 Tulsa, Oklahoma, Greasers are a gang of tough, low-income working-class teens. They include Ponyboy Curtis (Howell) and his two older brothers, Sodapop (Lowe) and Darrel (Swayze), as well as Johnny Cade (Macchio), Dallas Winston (Dillon), Two-Bit Matthews (Estevez), and Steve Randle (Cruise). Their rivalry is with the Socs (pronounced /ˈsʃɪz/ soh-shiz), a gang of wealthier kids from the other side of town.


I’m sorry. I didn’t know you had this problem with yelling in my face.

Two Socs, Bob Sheldon (Garrett) and Randy Adderson (Dalton), confront Johnny, Ponyboy, and Two-Bit, who are talking to the Socs’ girlfriends, Cherry (Lane) and Marcia (Meyrink), at a drive-in theater. The girls defuse the situation by going home with the Socs. Later that night, Ponyboy and Johnny are attacked in a park by Bob, Randy, and three other Socs. They begin dunking Ponyboy in a fountain, but Johnny pulls out his switchblade and stabs Bob, accidentally killing him.


Man that was one tough car. Mustangs, they’re tough.

On the advice of Dallas, Ponyboy and Johnny leave town, and hide out in an abandoned church in Windrixville. Ponyboy bleaches his hair with peroxide in case anybody spots him. He reads Gone with the Wind and quotes the Robert Frost poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay“. Dallas arrives with news that Cherry has offered to support the boys in court, that he told the police that Johnny and Pony were in Texas, and gives Pony a note from Sodapop. They go out for food, then return to find the church on fire with children trapped inside.


I hope I never see Dallas Winston again. If I do I’d… probably fall in love with him.

The Greasers turn into heroes as they rescue the kids from the burning church. It doesn’t take long for Ponyboy and Dally to heal up. Johnny, on the other hand, ends up with a broken back and severe burns. The boys are praised for their heroism, but Johnny is charged with manslaughter for killing Bob, while Ponyboy may be sent to a boys’ home.


We gotta win that fight tonight. We gotta get even with those Socs! Let’s do it for Johnny, man. We’ll do it for Johnny!

Bob’s death has sparked calls from the Socs for “a rumble,” which the Greasers win. Dallas drives Ponyboy to the hospital to visit Johnny. Johnny is unimpressed by the victory, and dies after telling Ponyboy to “stay gold,” referring to the Frost poem. Unable to bear Johnny’s death, Dallas wanders through the hospital, pretending to shoot a doctor with his unloaded gun, which clicks harmlessly. He then robs a grocery store with the same gun, but he is shot and wounded by the owner as he flees. Pursued by the police, Dallas is surrounded in a park and the police kill him after he repeatedly refuses to drop his unloaded gun. Ponyboy is eventually cleared of wrongdoing in Bob’s death and allowed to stay with his brothers.


WHY DO YOU BOTHER HELPING PEOPLE, HUH? It doesen’t do any good.

Turning the pages of Johnny’s copy of Gone with the Wind, Ponyboy finds a letter from Johnny saying that saving the children was worth sacrificing his own life. The story ends as it began, with Ponyboy writing a school report about his experiences. – IMDB

Rebellion is the only thing that keeps you alive!

September 7, 2015

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Girl on a Motorcycle (1968)

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

NIHIL Gallery

251 Douglass Street, Brooklyn 11217

Film starts at 8pm

As always, free popcorn,  and $2 Vehicular Bingo for prizes!

Directed by the renowned cinematographer Jack Cardiff, and based on the novella La Motocyclette by Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues (1966)

In the early morning light, after a night of trippy, existential dreams, Rebecca (Marianne Faithfull) sneaks out of her bed in Alsace, France where her stable, school teacher husband, Raymond (Roger Mutton) sleeps.

Zipping herself into a black leather jumpsuit, she climbs onto her Harley and heads for Heidelberg, Germany to her dark, dangerous, ex motorcycle racing lover, Daniel (played by Alain Delon, referred to as the French James Dean, and the male Brigitte Bardot).

Riding through the European countryside, Rebecca is free and alone on the open road, full of excitement and anticipation in seeing her Daniel.

Flashbacks tell the story of how they first met. While working at her father’s bookshop, Daniel looking for a rare book, takes her out for a ride on his Norton Atlas. The affair begins.

Daniel, to whom the affair is clearly nothing more than an affair, makes a rather posturing, inappropriate wedding gift to Rebecca of the Harley. Delivered to her father’s shop, Raymond is confused and hurt, but tells her to keep it if it will make her happy.

Finally arriving in Heidelberg, Rebecca is ecstatic. She throws herself into Daniels arms in an exhausted frenzy. The rendevouz is short lived however, as the moment she sees Daniel, her thoughts switch to longing for Raymond.

We see a now more complex Raymond. He’s Very similar to Daniel we discover, and dark in his own way. They both teach, they both smoke pipes, and in many ways they are both very much like her father.

Weeping in a café, she tries to write a letter to end it with Daniel but is unable. It seems clear nothing will change. Wadding up the tear stained letter, she storms out. Full of love and defiant conviction that she has done nothing wrong and that she should have them both.

Now her thoughts are of nothing but the Harley and the road. She speeds towards home and Raymond, knowing she will soon once again be in Heidelberg with Daniel. Laughing, weeping, pushing the bike faster and faster. Weaving in and out of traffic, she is at peace. She is happy alone on the road. Racing towards the future and with no regard for the past.

WHAM! Head on, into a truck. A huge ball of flames and a slow pan out to show the pileup and spectators running towards the scene.

– Corinna Mantlo

Full album of screen shots HERE

Alain Delon on Marianne Faithfull: “She is a happening all to herself. She is the type of girl men fought dragons for in mythology, the type that duels have been fought over.”

(from an interview with the actors on the making of Girl on a Motorcycle in the October 1968 issue of ABC Film Review, by Philip Bradford)


Where were you in ’62?

September 1, 2015

American Graffiti (1973)

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

NIHIL Gallery

251 Douglass Street, Brooklyn 11217

Film starts at 8pm

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complimentary popcorn and $2 bingo for prizes!

And be sure to visit the concession stand for snacks and libations!


Hey, hey, hey, baby. What do you say?

– Justin Melkmann

The Band: WWIX

The Comics


This is a super fine machine.


A double Chubby-Chuck, a chili-barb, two orders of French fries and…

Total insanity, what’s his hurry?!

August 24, 2015

Vanishing Point (1971)

Wednesday, August 26th

NIHIL Gallery

251 Douglass Street, Brooklyn 11217

Film starts at 8pm

Just $5 admission, and included complimentary popcorn and bingo card for prizes!

And be sure to visit the concession stand for snacks and libations!

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California – Sunday 10:02am

Opening credits roll over vast expanses of open road. Old men with stern faces and slow moving bulldozers creating a roadblock across the highway. Sirens break the calm as a super charged 1970 white Dodge Challenger flies by followed by a helicopter close behind.

The challenger’s driver, Kowalski (Barry Newman), seemingly unbothered by the cops on his tail, steps out of the Challenger and pauses by a heap of twisted, rusting metal on the side of the road for a reflective moment of silent.

Two days earlier: Denver Colorado – Friday 11:02pm

Kowalski, a speed popping, cross country car delivery man, Bets his dealer the tab for the bennies that he can’t make it to Frisco by 3 o’clock the next day.“The race is On”

CB cop 1: Total insanity! What’s his hurry?

CB cop 2: Your guess is as good as ours. 10-4

Driving like a bat out of hell across the American roadways, flashbacks allude to the demons Kowalski is trying to outrun. This race isn’t about the tab for the bennies, or his commitment to deliver the car for a job. It’s Kowalski’s trip and he’s got nothing to lose. Running a motorcycle cop off the road, flashes to Kowalski’s dirt racing days and a close call on the track. Sending a windbag hot-rodder flying into a pond and totaling his Jag, flashes to a stock car race and a multi car pile up with Kowalski upside down and bloodied in the wreck.

Hey Kowalski, you out there?

A blond pump attendant with sad eyes, flashes to his days as a cop with a no good partner who abuses his authority by trying to take advantage of a young girl. Kowalski steps in, but it’s clear that ended his carear in law enforcement. The solitude of the desert flash to a lost love. A beautiful surfer girl and a calm day on the beach. “Sayonara, remember me” as she runs into the winter surf, never to return.

There goes the Challenger. Being chased by the blue, blue meanies on wheels. The vicious traffic squad cars are after our known driver. The last American hero. The electric centaur, the demigod, the super driver of the golden west. Two nasty cars are behind the lone driver. The police numbers are getting closer, closer, closer to our soul hero in his soul mobile. “They’re gonna get him. Smash him. Rape the last beautiful, free soul on this planet.

Super Soul, the blind DJ at KOW (Kowalski) radio station, listens to the cops chatter over the CB. He’s tuned into Kowalski’s moves in advance and knows just what and when to broadcast to help him evade the cops. Kowalski doesn’t appear to have every asked for the help or even know the DJ, and Super Soul acts as the Oepipal chorus. The invisible voice of the oppressed soul that Kowalski embodies.

The question is not when’s he gonna stop, but who is gonna stop him.

As Super Soul broadcasts, people begin to gather in the streets in rallied support of Kowalski. The cops attempt to silence Super Soul, but the cops haven’t estimated the power of the anti hero.

Almost every single shot of the film includes a vehicle. The super charged Challenger and it’s reckless, broken young driver is a sharp contrast to the rusted out, forgotten pickup trucks along the road, though there seems to be a comradery and respect between the two.

Patiently. That’s the only way to wait for somebody.

Helped by a biker and his naked Honda riding girlfriend who’s followed his race career and fraudulent frame up as a dirty cop, Kowalski gets a fresh supply of bennies and a mini bike rigged to the top of his car, headlight flashing to disguise the Callenger as a cop car. With this rig, he tears through the cops blocking the California border, and we are brought full circle to where the film opened. A long stretch of highway with two bulldozers blocking the road, now surrounded by spectators, cops, and news reporters. Super Soul pleads with Kowalski to take it slow, but knows it’s no use.

For the first time, Kowalski’s stone face, always intent on the road, cracks into a smile and his blood shot eyes light up. It’s as if he’s driven right through the hell of his past and can see the light at the end of the tunnel. He’s missed his deadline and lost the bet, but there’ll be a next time, and more friendly bets of bennies to justify them. It’s a man and his car and nothing else. The open road the speed to forget.

WHAM! Straight into the dozers at record speeds, and the credits roll while the media and gawkers pick at the carcass of the crumpled hero.

Corinna Mantlo

Full album of screen shots HERE


Read all about the cars in the film on IMCBDb: 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T, with a 440 cubic-inch V-8, and not a 426 Hemi V-8 (as is often believed). Eight white Challengers loaned from the Chrysler Corporation were used during the filming.

The Challenger had Colorado plates: OA-5599

A 1967 Camaro shell (no engine) loaded with explosives was used for the final crash. You can see the “Camaro” fender nameplate upside-down in the lower left corner of the screen after the crash.

Whatcha Got In The Truck?

August 17, 2015

Repo Man (1984)

Wednesday, August 19th

NIHIL Gallery

251 Douglass Street, Brooklyn 11217

Film starts at 8pm

Just $5 admission, and complimentary popcorn.

And be sure to visit the concession stand for mouth watering BBQ, and thirst quenching beer and cocktails

CM RepoMan NihilPolice Officer: “Whatcha got in the trunk?”

Driver: “Oh…you don’t want to look in there”

The life of a repo man is always intense.

In the final scene of the film, Otto (Emilio Estevez) is faced with the ultimate dilemma; the girlfriend, or a radioactive 1964 Chevy Malibu that has already killed or maimed most of the cast. He makes the only logical choice…

Leila: But Otto, what about our relationship?

Otto: Fuck That!


The more you drive, the less intelligent you are

The Plot: Frustrated punk rocker Otto (Emilio Estevez) gets fired from his supermarket job after slugging a co-worker (Zander Schloss), and is later dumped by his girlfriend (Jennifer Delgobin) at a party.

Look at those assholes, ordinary fucking people. I hate ’em.

Wandering the streets in frustration, he is recruited in the repossession of a car by a repo agent (Harry Dean Stanton). After discovering his parents have donated his college fund to a televangelist, he joins the repossession agency (Helping Hand Acceptance Corporation) as an apprentice repo man.

Debbi: Duke, let’s go do some crimes.

Duke: Yeah. Let’s go get sushi and not pay.

During his training, he is introduced into the mercenary and paranoid world of the drivers, befriended by a UFO conspiracy theorist (Olivia Barash), confronted by rival repo agents (Eddie Velez, & Del Zamora), discovers some of his friends have turned to a life of crime, is lectured to about cosmic unconsciousness by the repo agency grounds worker (Tracey Walter), and finds himself entangled in a web of intrigue concerning a huge repossession bounty on a 1964 Chevy Malibu driven by a lunatic government scientist (Fox Harris), with top secret cargo in the trunk… A lot o’ people don’t realize what’s really going on. They view life as a bunch o’ unconnected incidents ‘n things. They don’t realize that there’s this, like, lattice o’ coincidence that lays on top o’ everything. Give you an example; show you what I mean: suppose you’re thinkin’ about a plate o’ shrimp. Suddenly someone’ll say, like, plate, or shrimp, or plate o’ shrimp out of the blue, no explanation. No point in lookin’ for one, either. It’s all part of a cosmic unconciousness.

Otto: You eat a lot of acid, Miller, back in the hippie days?

Miller: I’ll give you another instance: you know how everybody’s into weirdness right now?…

Read an Interview about the cars of Repo Man HERE



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