Six different buskers stake out the New York City subway system as their stage. In between auditions for legitimate acting roles, a man draws crowds by standing still, in silver paint, under the moniker Mercury Man. Helen, an articulate Vassar graduate who accepts a life of poverty and just wants to share her accordion-based songs. Witness an exceptionally talented Tom Waits-ian bluesman practically disintegrate before your eyes. The directors write, "Downtown Locals illustrates brilliantly the microcosm of the true underground by drawing us into the lives of a few of New York City's less celebrated characters. Their stories will leave you hopeful, haunted, and wondering where they are now."
Preceded by a music video of Sonic Youth “Do You Believe in Rapture” directed by Braden King who writes, “This collaboration with Sonic Youth is an elegy for NYC's legendary CBGB club and all the transcendent shows we've all ever been to.”
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Added by excessively on January 31, 2007