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No Picnic is a film written and directed by Philip Hartman. It was filmed in black and white at New York in 1985 and was released the next year, in the Sundance Film Festival, where it won Excellence In Cinematography Award Dramatic.[1] Described as "a cinematic love letter to a pre-gentrified New York", the film captures the East Village of the 80s. Providing the soundtrack are such performers as "The Raunch Hands", Lenny Kaye, Charles Mingus, Fela Kuti, Richard Hell and "Student Teachers".[2] It stars Richard Hell, Judith Malina, Luis Guzmán and Steve Buscemi.

No Picnic
Directed byPhilip Hartman
Produced byDoris Kornish
Written byPhilip Hartman
StarringDavid Brisbin
Clare Bauman
Judith Malina
Ryan Cutrona
Anne D'Agnillo
Luis Guzmán
Richard Hell
Steve Buscemi
CinematographyPeter Hutton
Edited byGrace Tankersley
Films Charas
Great Jones Film Group
Release date
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited States



Failed musician Macabee Cohen (David Brisbin), makes his living servicing jukeboxes in the neighborhood, while in the search for the woman of his dreams. The obvious gentrification around is distressing and highlights his ill-fated life. His frustration increases when faced with individuals who remind him of his former aspirations.[3]



  1. ^ "No Picnic". Sundance Institute. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  2. ^ Hartman’s “No Picnic” Set for Spotlight at 3rd Howl Film Fest
  3. ^ Synopsis on IMDb

External linksEdit

No Picnic on IMDb