Ginsberg & Ferlinghetti on 16 mm Film

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ginsberg photo Artists’ Television Access and SFPL present several short films featuring Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, James Weldon Johnson, and Lawson Fusao Inada.

USA Poetry: Allen Ginsberg & Lawrence Ferlinghetti Upon returning home after a year spent in New York with Albert Maysles and other cutting-edge documentarians, San Francisco poet and KPFA co-founder Richard O. Moore began making dozens of cinema verite films for KQED, including the excellent 1963 James Baldwin profile Take This Hammer. In 1966 Moore directed eleven films about American poets, including this dual portrait of two San Francisco literary heroes, Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. In this film Ginsberg is seen at peak-beard in Berkeley, North Beach, and SF's Mission district after his recent expulsion from Communist-era Czechoslovakia. He recites a poem about his deportation, as well as (for the first time on film) "Howl," the poem that brought so much attention to the Beat movement a decade earlier. "Howl" publisher Ferlinghetti grabs the spotlight in this film's final section. He takes his pet Homer for a walk, strolling from his Potrero Hill home to North Beach, then stands in front of a brick wall in Chinatown and recites his own famous anti-establishment poem, “Dog.” (Richard Moore, 1966; 30 min.)

Also on the program: James Weldon Johnson (Stuart O'Brien, 1972; 12 min.) and ...I Told You So (a film on Lawson Fusao Inada by Alan Kondo, 1974; 18 min.).

National Poetry Month Events at the Main:

Film: Ferlinghetti - A Rebirth of Wonder. March 27, 6:00 pm, Main Library, Koret Auditorium.

Tending the Fire: Native Voices & Portraits. Christopher Felver and friends present his new book, Tending the Fire, a celebration of contemporary Native American poets and writers. April 1, 2018, 2:00 pm, Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room.

Lao-Tzu, Poetry, and Guqin: Lao-Tzu's Tao-Te Ching and Infusions by Poets Clara Hsu & Greg Pond with Guqin master David Wong. April 3, 2018, 6:00 pm, Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room.

World Literature Book Club: Kenneth Patchen’s The Journal of Albion Moonlight. April 5, 2018, 6:00 pm, Main Library, Paley Room—Floor 3.

Documentary – Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask. April 10, 2018, 5:30 pm, Main Library, Koret Auditorium.

Poetry in Song. Singers present musical settings of poetry from around the world. April 12, 2018, 6:00 pm, Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room.

Show Us Your Spines: RADAR Residents Reading. For 14 years, the RADAR Reading Series has featured the best in emerging and underground queer writers. April 12, 2018, 6:00 pm, Main Library, LGBTQIA Center.

Cruzando Fronteras: Crossing Borders. Poetry reading in Spanish and English. April 15, 1 pm, Main Library, Latino Hispanic Rm.

A Carnival of Poems: The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal Celebrates National Poetry Month. Come celebrate National Poetry Month with San Francisco’s own Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, April 19, 5:30 pm, Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room.

Open Mic Poetry for the People. April 27, 2 pm, Main Library, Library for the Blind.

Ginsberg & Ferlinghetti, James Weldon Johnson, and Lawson Fusao Inada on 16 mm Film. April 28, 2018, 11:00 am, Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room.

Philippine American Writers and Artists. Reading. April 29, 1 pm, Main Library, Learning Studio.

Second Inning: More Baseball Poetry from San Francisco Poets. April 30, 2018, 4:00 pm, Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room.

Related Exhibition:

Christopher Felver: The Imagination of American Poets, Main Library, Jewett Gallery, March 24 - June 24, 2018.

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