PAUL GOODMAN CHANGED MY LIFE (film)

November 21, 2011
Splabman

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 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

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

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