Upcoming Indie Film Featuring New Rock ‘n’ Roll Art Exhibit at Shampoo JC

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A new rock ‘n’ roll art show at Downtown Jersey City salon Shampoo JC that will be part of an upcoming indie film will take viewers back in time when it opens Saturday.

“The Rock ‘n’ Roll Picture Show,” curated by Luca Cusolito, features some local art scene rockstars like favorites Robert Piersanti, Bojana Coklyat, Katherine Ramos and Kayt Hester, who have all shown their work at the Columbus Drive salon in the past, and others like James Krieger, Tunde Cseke, Vera Vixeness, Meghan McKee, Kenneth Gomes, Kate Hoos, Matt Cap and Ashley White Jacobson.

Owner and stylist Harley Di Nardo, who’s still got rock ‘n’ roll swagger to spare from his days as the lead singer for rock band White Light Motorcade, says these are some of his favorites. “A lot of these are artists that I’ve had hanging in shop or that I already love,” he says. “The theme of this show is 1977 and prior to those years because that’s part of my new film Shampoo and Death.”

Di Nardo wrote the film’s screenplay and will also produce, co-direct and create the soundtrack for the flick, which will be partially shot at the salon with the group art show as a colorful backdrop and shout-out to the local cultural scene.

Here’s a brief synopsis: The year is 1977 and David Tangier’s sense of identity is all but destroyed as he is living the life of a hairdresser to provide a comfortable life for his wife, when all he ever wanted to do was become a famous musician. When talented, handsome, punk rocker Javy Bates shows up for a job at David’s salon, however, this old-time rocker thinks he has found a solution to his alienation. Attempts at collaboration, accusations of music theft and chaos ensues.

Di Nardo gives an even briefer summary: “It’s a murder mystery planted in the history of rock.”

To help boost the film, Di Nardo will launch a Kickstarter online crowdfunding campaign in late March which will raise funds for multiple areas of production including music creation, casting, costume and props and more. He said he plans to include local indie artists and musicians in the project and that this art show is the first step.

“Everything is coming together under one roof. The show will be part of backdrop and we’re going to highlight it in the film, it’ll be part of the vibe and aesthetic of the salon,” he says.

The opening reception for “The Rock ‘n’ Roll Picture Show” will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 8 pm to 11 pm.

Photo by Beth Achenbach

Summer Dawn Hortillosa

is a freelance arts and entertainment writer whose work has appeared in the Jersey City Independent, The Jersey Journal, the International and other publications. She is also a creative writer and theatrical director.