MICHELE CIVETTA

MICHELE CIVETTA

Occupation Film Director, Multi-Media Artist

Hometown New York City

Current Residence Upper East Side

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Michele Civetta has an eye for capturing moments that strike a chord—Yoko Ono in a mineral pool in Iceland wearing a bathing cap, dark glasses, and a flicker of a smile, for instance, or scenes captured in late-90s Central America for Lou Reed’s "Ecstasy" video clip. A self-described “cross-over artist,” Civetta has turned his hand to everything from directing, producing, photography, and writing, and worked with artists including Sean Lennon, Rene Ricard, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, among others.

WHAT WOULD THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY BE?
“Quixotic: The Life ’n’ Timez.”

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATION AND WHY?
Nicaragua; beaches ’n’ surf.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN NYC?
Read. Stroll with coffee.

IF YOU COULD CHOOSE ONE PERSON TO SHOW YOU “THEIR NEW YORK CITY,” WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
Charlie Parker or Joseph Mitchell.

WHO OR WHAT HAS INSPIRED YOU RECENTLY AND WHY?
Francis Bacon and his pub-crawling work ethos.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE NYC RESTAURANTS. WHAT DO YOU ORDER THERE?
Omen sushi; lucien tartar.

WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO SPOT IN NYC FOR DRINKS?
King Cole Bar.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE BRUNCH SPOTS?
Not a brunch fan but love Roxy brunch, otherwise PJ Clarke’s.

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR ART FIX IN NYC? DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE ARTIST?
Met Museum. Too long of a list of artists.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE LATE-NIGHT HANGOUTS IN NYC AND WHY?
Hotel lobbies.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR UNDER-THE-RADAR MUST-DO RECOMMENDATIONS FOR NYC VISITORS?
Rockaway Beach.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE NYC STORES AND WHY?
Japanese thrift stores on 12th street. Good vibes and good finds.

WHAT MUSIC ARE YOU LISTENING TO THESE DAYS? WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE MUSICIANS?
Frankie Dymon Jnr, anything outsider or garage rock.

WHAT ALBUM OR SONG WOULD YOU CONSIDER YOUR PERSONAL SOUNDTRACK TO NYC?
Dylan’s “Self Portrait.”

WHEN YOU THINK OF NYC, ARE THERE ANY PARTICULAR EMOTIONS OR MEMORIES THAT IMMEDIATELY COME TO MIND?
The frenetic past constantly adds new nebulae of dreams and memories, but pre-Giuliani NYC was a golden era.

Local Favorites

THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

Favorite Museum
1000 5th Ave, Manhattan, NY 10028
Spanning almost quarter of a mile long and occupying more than 2,000,000 square feet, The Met's permanent collection contains more than two million works and is one of New York's most notable art institutions.
ROXY BAR

ROXY BAR

Favorite Brunch
2 Avenue of the Americas NY, NY 10013
Roxy Bar is the perfect location to meet, work, and relax where delicious appetizers pair thoughtfully with wine and signature cocktails.
Best Rate Promise
Soho Grand Hotel

310 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

(212) 965-3000
The Roxy Hotel Tribeca

2 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013

212.519.6600