The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg
director/producer Jerry Aronson
(82 minutes) U.S.A.
Whether protesting the Vietnam War or Rocky Flats bomb factory
near Boulder, promoting legalized pot or defending the rights of Soviet
Allen Ginsberg knew how to use the media and was not without a celebrity
statusrare for poets in America. He was the visionary poet who
the Beat Generation with the rage and compassion of "Howl" and the
"Kaddish." He was the pacifist who calmed the violence around him at the
Democratic Convention in 1968. He was the writer and activist who
five decades of controversy and fame.
Through black and white
stills, home movies, television news footage, various interviews and
readings, we watch Ginsberg grow from a pained boy into an unpretentious
literary giant. Included are interviews with Timothy Leary, Ken Kesey,
Herbert Hunke, Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), Abbie Hoffman, Joan Baez.
bio: Jerry Aronson is independent filmmaker who for the past
years has taught film at the University of Colorado in Boulder. In
addition to The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg, he directed American
Music: The Roots of Country Music. Aronson was nominated for an Academy
Award for The Divided Trail.
Jerry Aronson, Producer/Director
Boulder, CO 80306
phone: (303) 442-8231
fax: (303) 443-2026