Director and distributor William Lustig will talk about his work and the role that New York City plays in his films.
As a filmmaker, William Lustig (64) grew up in the dingy cinemas on New York’s 42nd Street. Not so strange that the rugged New York from the 70s and 80s plays a leading role in his best films. The city as the dismal activity of a scalping psychopath (Maniac, 1980), merciless avengers (Vigilante, 1982) and a murderer in police uniform (Maniac Cop, 1988). But Lustig also developed a lifelong love for the obscure European genre film at that time. After finishing his feature film career with the satirical slacker Uncle Sam in 1996, the passionate film fan took over. Since 2002, Lustig has been CEO of Blue Underground DVD / Blu-ray label, where he is responsible for superb reissues and restorations of genre classics, including Dick Maas’ Amsterdamned.
In the career talk, William will talk about the start of his career in the film world in the 1970s, his love for the genre film, the special role that New York plays in his films, his career switch from director to boss of the DVD / blu-ray label Blue Underground and his thoughts on contemporary genre (horror)film.