And when I die I won't stay dead

BAMPFA Student Committee Pick!

  • In conversation

    Poet and radio producer Justin Desmangles is collaborating on an opera on Bob Kaufman’s life.

  • devorah major, San Francisco's Third Poet Laureate, newest book of poetry, and then we became, will be released by City Lights Publishing in November of 2016.

  • Al Young is California’s former poet laureate.

Perhaps no American poet has been so reactive to, and beaten by, his times as Bob Kaufman (1925–1986). In North Beach among the Beats he was a street poet in the oral tradition, always on the outside; in Paris, he was the Black American Rimbaud. Even his FBI file credited him a “smooth talker.” Like his hero Charlie Parker, he lived in “that jazz corner of life,” and Billy Woodberry (Bless Their Little Hearts) organizes his beautiful, soulful, picture-filled film on Kaufman in clear riffs and natural strains as they emerge from the telling of an uncompromising life of provocation and poetry.

Judy Bloch
  • Billy Woodberry
  • Pierre H. Desir
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  • Color
  • DCP
  • 99 mins
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  • Poetry by Bob Kaufman read by Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Suzanne Cockerel, Roscoe Lee Browne
Preceded By

Have You Sold Your Dozen Roses?

Allen Willis, Philip Greene, David Myers, , 1957

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  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 10 mins
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  • With poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti