ABEL FERRARA

WRITTEN BY
Daniel Kreps

Abel Ferrara / Photo by Getty Images

The enfant terrible of the American indie scene, Ferrera is known for stark, nihilistic films where seedy, hopeless characters skirt the bleak edges of urban life: essentially a Tom Waits album in the form of a filmmaker. Ferrera is responsible for cult classics Bad Lieutenant and King of New York and, after a failed attempt to become a Hollywood helmer in the mid '90s, remains one of independent cinema's most original and vital auteurs. The lyrics of AnCo's pre-Centipede 7-inch B-side "Gotham" reads like a Ferrera film's iMDB synopsis.

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