CBGB Festival

Virgil Films topper named film festival director

Virgil Films topper Joe Amodei has been tapped as film festival director of the year-old CBGB Festival.

Announcement was made Wednesday by CBGB owners and festival founders Joe D’Urso and Tim Hayes. Amodei will be in charge of securing music-driven films for the festival, including performance movies, documentaries and narrative features.

The CBGB Festival – named for the downtown New York club that was the center of American punk rock and new wave music will be held Oct. 9 – 13 and will include music from about 700 emerging and established artists at 150 venues, music business conferences, industry panel discussions. The fest will also include screenings of 40 to 50 films, many accompanied by Q&As with directors, producers and stars.

Amodei will be scouting films at the South by Southwest Film Festival, which launches Friday, and next month’s Tribeca Film Festival.

“Joe Amodei’s vast knowledge of film and his strong connections in the cinema world make him the ideal choice as director of our film festival,” D’Urso said.

Last July’s inaugural CBGB Festival included screenings of the documentary “The Rise and Fall of the Clash,” “Rock ‘N’ Roll Exposed: The Photography of Bob Gruen” and “What Did You Expect? The Archers of Loaf.”

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