Over the years, Lawrence Ferlinghetti has been called a lot of things: “the most popular modern poet,” by critics, “an old-ass anarchist” by friends, and “an icon” by both. Now, at 91, the proto-Beat poet and co-founder of the revolutionary City Lights publishing house is still working to bridge the gap between art and activism. In Ferlinghetti, documentary filmmaker Christopher Felver solidifies the legend status of San Francisco’s man of letters. Through interviews and readings, Felver captures the landmark moments in Ferlinghetti’s life, such as the opening of the City Lights Bookstore in 1953 and his 1956 obscenity trial for the publication of Ginsberg’s “Howl.” The film will make its New York premiere tonight, followed by a Q&A with Ferlinghetti via Skype. Felver, poets Bob Holman and Anne Waldman, and others will also be in attendance.
Mon., Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m., 2010
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 13, 2010