PAUL GOODMAN CHANGED MY LIFE (film)

I got this from SIFF today:

“*Any page by Paul Goodman will give you not only originality and
brilliance but wisdom, that is, something to think about. He is our
peculiar, urban, twentieth-century Thoreau, the quintessential American
mind of our time.” —**Hayden Carruth, poet.*

Paul Goodman

Paul Goodman was once so ubiquitous in the American zeitgeist that he
merited a cameo in Woody Allen’s *Annie Hall*. Author of legendary
bestseller *Growing Up Absurd* (1960), Goodman was also a poet, 1940s out
queer (and family man), pacifist, visionary, co-founder of Gestalt
therapy—and a moral compass for many in the burgeoning counterculture of
the ’60s.

*Paul Goodman Changed My Life* immerses you in an era of high intellect
(that heady, cocktail-glass juncture that *Mad Men* has so effectively
exploited) when New York was peaking culturally and artistically; when
ideas, and the people who propounded them, seemed to punch in at a higher
weight class than they do now. Using a treasure trove of archival
multimedia—selections from Goodman’s poetry (read by Garrison Keillor and
Edmund White); quotes from Susan Sontag, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Noam
Chomsky; plentiful footage of Goodman himself; plus interviews with his
family, peers and activists—director/producer Jonathan Lee and
producer/editor Kimberly Reed (*Prodigal Sons*) have woven together a rich
portrait of an intellectual heavyweight whose ideas are long overdue for
rediscovery.

*“Paul Goodman was not ahead of his time but IN his time.”*
–Grace Paley

*“There has not been such a convincing, genuine, singular voice in our
language since D. H. Lawrence.
Paul Goodman’s voice touched everything he wrote about with intensity,
interest, and his own terribly appealing sureness and awkwardness.”*
–Susan Sontag

*“His impact is all around us.”*
–Noam Chomsky

*Watch the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prHtmk7yfuc*

*DECEMBER 2 – 8*
*SIFF FILM CENTER*
*321 Mercer Street, Seattle WA*
www.siff.net
http://www.paulgoodmanfilm.com

About Splabman

Poet & interviewer Paul E Nelson founded SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival. Since 1993, SPLAB has produced hundreds of poetry events & 600 hours of interview programming with legendary poets & whole systems activists including Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Diane di Prima, Daphne Marlatt, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Barry McKinnon, José Kozer, Brenda Hillman & many others. Paul’s books include American Prophets (interviews 1994-2012) (2018) American Sentences (2015) A Time Before Slaughter (2009) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (2013). Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia (2015), 56 Days of August: Poetry Postcards (2017) and Samthology: A Tribute to Sam Hamill (2019) Make it True meets Medusario (2019), he’s presented poetry/poetics in London, Brussels, Nanaimo, Qinghai & Beijing, China, has had work translated into Spanish, Chinese & Portuguese & writes an American Sentence every day. Awarded a residency at The Lake, from the Morris Graves Foundation in Loleta, CA, he’s published work in Golden Handcuffs Review, Zen Monster, Hambone, and elsewhere. Winner of the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from The Capilano Review, he is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia and lives in Rainier Beach, in the Cascadia bioregion’s Cedar River watershed.
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