The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg

director/producer Jerry Aronson
(82 minutes) U.S.A.
screening schedule

Whether protesting the Vietnam War or Rocky Flats bomb factory near Boulder, promoting legalized pot or defending the rights of Soviet Jews, Allen Ginsberg knew how to use the media and was not without a celebrity status—rare for poets in America. He was the visionary poet who inspired the Beat Generation with the rage and compassion of "Howl" and the tenderness of "Kaddish." He was the pacifist who calmed the violence around him at the Democratic Convention in 1968. He was the writer and activist who weathered five decades of controversy and fame.

Through black and white stills, home movies, television news footage, various interviews and poetry 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 twenty-six 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.

contact information:
Jerry Aronson, Producer/Director
Box 897
Boulder, CO 80306
phone: (303) 442-8231
fax:      (303) 443-2026