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What's New(s)-updated 01/30/2010

—Monday, March 15. Polis Screening at Beats and Beyond: Documenting the Poets of the 60's. Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York.
—Saturday, April 27. 9:30am Polis Screening, Charles Olson Festival, Dana Commons, Clark University, Worcester, MA.

—Saturday, April 27. Reading "Little Charlie Goes to Gloucester", Charles Olson Festival, Worcester Public Library, Worcester, MA.
—June 2010. Polis is This and Lowell Blues screening, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC. 20565 Tel: 202.842.6272
—October 9th, 2010. Charles Olson Centenary Festival, Gloucester, MA. Polis is This.
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Charles Olson  

April 2009 saw Polis on over seventy PBS stations throughout the country. I received emails from all quarters of the country. Hawaii, Alaska, Miami and Manhattan people were awed and inspired by the Film. It has accomplished what Kenny and I wanted it to do, to get the work of Charles Olson out to a new audience. I expect it to air again next April which is Olson Centenary year. Stay tuned for future screenings.

So, what is next? Joe Cultrera and I put together a five-minute tease based on Greg Gibson's book "Hubert's Freaks."

This is the story of Bob Langmuir, a briliant but troubled rare-book dealer whose headlong pursuit of an archive from a 1960s Times Square freak show leads to the discovery of a trove of hitherto unknown photographs by the great American genius Diane Arbus. We want to make a feature doc about Bob. Anyone want to invest?

Many of you may have noticed the Prez page on the site. Years ago I retained the rights to Lester Young's last interview recorded in Paris by French jazz journalist, Francois Postif. This project has been simmering for some time and I've just brought it to the front burner to take a taste.

2009 is the year of the Ox, a Chinese Zodiac symbol that represents prosperity through fortitude and hard work. I think that says it for Polis and by all signs it looks like a good year. Was not Obama spotted carrying a book of poems by Derek Walcott! There is something in the wind and Ninety-nine years after his birth Charles Olson is being discovered by a new audience of Americans.

The big news this spring is Polis is This will be offered to every PBS station via satellite. To date Boston, NYC, San Francisco as well as 40 other stations from Honolulu will air Polis is This during National Poetry Month. Folks who have seen the film bear out our sentiment that Polis speaks to a national audience. Ken Riaf commented about POV programmers and Independent Lens folks characterizing Polis as "regional." He said, "They were right it is regional. It's playing in every region in the country." By airtime in April we hope to have 75 stations committed to broadcast Polis. There's even been some interest in Australia. Check back with for upcoming times and dates on PBS stations across the country.


Salem MA–The life of Gloucester's beloved poet-Vincent Ferrini, will be celebrated on March 6, the final night of the Salem Film Festival. Poem in Action: A Portrait of Vincent Ferrini will be shown at Cinema Salem at 7:30p, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker and a reception and reading of the poet's work. The Salem Film Fest, which runs Feb. 28-March 6, includes outstanding features, documentaries, and short films from around the world. The festival takes place at Cinema Salem, One East India Square. Film and event schedules are available here. For more information, call 978-744-1400.


LOWELL BLUES, is scheduled to be shown on Thursday, January 3rd at 2:30p in the Donnell Library Center Auditorium. The Donnell Library Center is located at 20 West 53rd St. in midtown Manhattan. Lowell Blues is leading off a month-long series titled "Beatific Screen," which is being presented in conjunction with a larger New York Public Library exhibit, Beatific Soul: Jack Kerouac on the Road. The exhibit runs from November 9 through March 16 and will be on view in the Library's Gottesman Exhibition Hall in the Humanities and Social Sciences Library at 5th Avenue and 42nd St.


Polis Is This just finished the last screening at the Museum of Fine Arts on September 22nd. The film is beginning to get out into the world. The Berkeley Festival, who accepted Polis sight unseen, gave us the "Grand Festival-Special Recognition-Documentary Award." The film plays in Berkeley on October 5th at 9:35 p.m. at the Landmark Theater. Other upcoming screenings include: October 18: Detroit International Film Festival; October 19: Wayne State University, Detroit, MI; October 22: Endicott College, Beverly, MA; October 30: Monteserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA; November 9: Sebastopol Film Festival, Sebastopol, CA; November 14: Wesleyan University, Middleton, CT; November 15: Gloucester Cinema, Gloucester, MA (Benefit for Searts); November 16: Malden High School, Malden, MA.



Director Henry Ferrini talks with John Malkovich at his home in Cambridge. Mr. Malkovich read from Charles Olson’s work "Projective Verse", "The Present is Prologue", "Human Universe" and the "Maximus Poems." The reading will be featured in Ferrini’s upcoming documentary film Poet & the City. Malkovich was one of the original founders of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater Company, where he directed and performed in some of America's most vital noncommercial stage productions. Look for Poet & the City in the fall of 2005.


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