‘Manic’ bow gets serious

Sonic Youth performed set at party

The “Manic” preem was not just another teen movie bash.

Tyro helmer Jordan Melamed said the pic, which had none of the cheery gloss of studio releases, was shot Dogma-style to better “marry documentary and narrative.”

“We shot it down and dirty,” recalled co-star/co-scribe Michael Bacall.

Not that it was a tortured shoot, Melamed was quick to point out: “Everyone was staying together at a Motel 6, so at night there was a lot of letting loose.”

Thurston Moore, who provided some of pic’s music, performed a short set with fellow Sonic Youth cronies during the after-party at CB’s gallery. (Kim Gordon was in attendance, but did not get onstage.)

Among the guests: star Joseph Gordon-Levitt and IFC’s Jonathan Sehring.

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