This special double feature includes:
"Flowers and Roots, James Ragan, An Ambassador of the Arts" and
"A Late Style of Fire: Larry Levis, American Poet".
Q&A to follow with special guests & filmmakers.
“Flowers and Roots, James Ragan, An Ambassador of the Arts” – American poet, playwright, and screenwriter James Ragan, author of 9 books of award-winning poetry translated in 12 languages, recounts his Slovak roots and witnesses the early days of communist totalitarianism. Ragan began his personal global goal of “breaking down cultural and political borders of repression” with poetry performances for world audiences as a universally recognized ambassador of the arts, including readings at the U.N, Carnegie Hall and for 7 heads of state, including Mikhail Gorbachev. Featured in the celebration of Ragan’s works are Al Ruddy (producer, “The Godfather”) U.S. Ambassador Norman Eisen, Good Morning America’s David Hartman, NPR’s David Bianculli, actress Cathy Lee Crosby, Shelley Berman, Ivan Havel, and appearances on CNN, CSPAN, and PBS, among others.
Documentary Feature, Czech Republic / United States, 56:00
"Flowers and Roots" is directed by Jozef "Dodo" Banyak. In addition to "Flowers and Roots," he has directed nearly 15 TV documentaries including "Golden Voice,""Cavale" and "The Reporter" and has worked as an Asst. Director on the films "Dragonheart," (2000), "Adrenalin" (1996) and "The Way of the Stars." (1986), among others. He lives and works in Bratislava, Slovakia.
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"A Late Style of Fire: Larry Levis, American Poet" - The brilliant poetry and troubled life of Larry Levis ended abruptly when he died at 49. Is self-destruction required for a serious life of art? Featuring a score by Iron & Wine, this innovative documentary searches his life and words for answers. 'A Late Style of Fire' is directed by Michele Poulos.
Documentary Feature, United States, 1:33:00
Michele Poulos is an award-winning screenwriter, award-winning poet, and filmmaker. She earned a BFA in film from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Virginia Commonwealth University, and an MFA in creative writing (poetry) from Arizona State University. While at NYU, she worked as an intern for Albert Maysles at his production company Maysles Films.
Her original screenplay, Mule Bone Blues (about Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes [with consultations by Zora’s niece, Lucy Ann Hurston]), won the 2010 Virginia Screenwriting Competition and placed in the second round of the 2015 and 2017 Sundance Screenwriters Lab Competition and the second round of the 2010 Austin Screenplay Competition. Her first full-length poetry collection, Black Laurel, was published by Iris Press in 2016. Her poetry chapbook, A Disturbance in the Air, won the 2012 Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition. She recently completed co-writing a romantic comedy about a stand-up comic.