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 Nelson:

Founded: SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival

Wrote: American Sentences (2015), A Time Before Slaughter (2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme Editions, Brazil, 2013). His 2015 interview with José Kozer was published in 2016 (Ranchos Press) as Tiovivo Tres Amigos.

Interviewed: Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders, Diane di Prima, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Brenda Hillman, among others
and is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia, including the festival, a MOOC (Innovative Cascadia Poetry), interviews with Cascadia poets indigenous elders and activists, and the anthology Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia. Paul is co-editor of that anthology as well as 56 Days of August the poetry postcard anthology and writes an American Sentence daily.

*MOOC = Massive Open Online Course

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