Iconic poet, visionary, outspoken champion of human rights, radical, spiritual seeker, renowned poet, founding member of a major literary movement, Buddhist, political activist and teacher — Allen Ginsberg’s remarkable life shaped the very soul of American counterculture.
For 30 years, Academy Award-nominated producer and director Jerry Aronson ("Chasing Ice," "The Divided Trail)" accumulated more than 200 hours of film on Allen Ginsberg, resulting in this comprehensive portrait of one of America’s greatest poets, author of “Howl” and other groundbreaking poems.
Cinedigm’s Docurama Films will release "The Life And Times Of Allen Ginsberg" on Tuesday, June 11 on DVD and digital download. The film is 30 years in the making and the collector’s deluxe two-disc set includes revealing interviews with Ginsberg’s friends, family and contemporaries and over six hours of bonus material.
The original film premiered and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival and won the IDA Award at the International Documentary Association the same year. The director’s DVD cut was completed in 2007, 10 years after Ginsberg’s passing in 1997.
"The Life And Times Of Allen Ginsberg" unveils the last 60 years of American culture beginning with the Beat era in the post-war Forties and Fifties, continuing through the revolutionary Sixties and concluding with the uncertainty and possibility of current times.
Bonus features include: Interviews; Featurette: The Making of "The Life And Times Of Allen Ginsberg"; Ginsberg reading selected poems; Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg at Jack Kerouac’s grave; William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg at Naropa University; Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg at City Lights bookstore; The Making of the Music Video: A Ballad of the Skeletons; Ginsberg guides us through an exhibition of his photographs; excerpts from Scenes From Allen’s Last Three Days on Earth as a Spirit by Jonas Mekas; Ginsberg photo gallery; director’s photo gallery; and the New York City memorial for Allen Ginsberg.