Polis Is This

Directed by Henri Ferrini
Visit Film Site: polisisthis.com
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Charles Olson, the “big fire source” for a restless generation of poets known as the Beats, stands more revealed than ever before. Through Ferrini’s poetry-in-motion lens, viewers can now see Olson’s landscapes through the fresh eyes of America’s Archaeologist of Morning.

Olson, the “original aboriginal,” fights to save his town from so-called progress as the bulldozer of change rumbles down Main Street, USA. His challenge to us? We must either rediscover the earth or leave it. Have we all become estranged from that which is most familiar? See Polis Is This before the cultural wetlands are completely drained… and maybe you can save the place where you live.

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“Sublime… simply stunning.”
– author Jim Harrison.

“An invaluable contribution to our literature” – Russell Banks.

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Ferrini’s films do not follow the conventional patterns of a biographical documentary. He employs a lyrical, impressionist approach that allows for greater exploration of the subject’s philosophies, thoughts and ideas. He calls his work “film poems.” This style is manifest in
Polis is This: Charles Olson and the Persistence of Place, an hour long journey through the poet and filmmaker’s hometown guided by a who’s who in American poetry: Amiri Baraka, Robert Creeley, Anne Waldman, Vincent Ferrini, John Sinclair, Ed Sanders and John Malkovich

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Henry Ferrini works out of the port city of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Over the last 25 years, much of his work has focused on what Jack Kerouac called, “the great continent of New England.” His interest in cultural geography has taken him to working-class communities throughout the industrial Northeast unearthing material most would overlook.  Ferrini’s current project focuses on the great saxophonist Lester Willis Young. Little-known outside jazz circles, Mr. Young’s life could be considered an ugly beauty, a story of exquisite grace set within a time of loathsome racism.

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