Films by Henry Ferrini: POLIS IS THIS and LOWELL BLUES will screen at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC as part of Beat Memories. Saturday, June 26th.
Lowell Blues remembers the place Jack Kerouac could not forget. Fusing visual history, language and jazz into a 30-minute film poem, Lowell Blues illuminates Kerouac’s childhood holy land.
Vincent Ferrini calls himself, “the living poem.” At 80 years of age his enthusiasm and energy for life is infectious. Poem In Action portrays the forces which forged him as a poet: his life as an immigrant’s son and factory worker, the Great Depression, the Communist Party and the poetics of place.
Polis Is This wrestles with the six foot eight inch, 275-pound Colossus of Poetry – Charles Olson, in the squared circle of understanding. Through never-before seen footage and interviews, actor John Malkovich leads an all-star ensemble in a search and explore mission.