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Documentary :: Ferlinghetti

Lawrence Ferlinghetti turned 90 last month, and this month will see the premiere of a documentary about Ferlinghetti’s life and work on April 28 at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

Director Christopher Felver crafts an incisive, sharply wrought portrait that reveals Ferlinghetti’s true role as catalyst for numerous literary careers and for the Beat movement itself. The film features archival photographs and historical footage, with appearances by Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Billy Collins, Dennis Hopper, Robert Scheer, Dave Eggers, and Pulitzer Prize winner Gary Snyder. The appearance of numerous other prominent figures from the literary, political, and art community further underscores the enormous social impact Ferlinghetti’s legacy continues to have on the American cultural scene.

From New Directions Publishing.

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