Pip Benveniste

Poet (1969) 16mm, black and white, 49.00 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Literature & Theater

I know about public readings, the pop performance, the funny audience poems anything-for-a-thrill. In this film I wanted to avoid all that, hoping to get an inner view by way of quiet, five to ten minute of a private reading, keeping the camera as nerveless as possible, letting the poet talk his poems into being language without the interpretive art. I wish I'd been able to film it invisibly. Nine poets came along, separately, to a quiet room, and when they'd reached the point where the camera was just another piece of furniture, they read to themselves, and I picked it up. I think of this film as a book of reference, like I Ching, like the Oxford English Dictionary, Like Leonardo's Notebooks. The poets who take part: Jack Hirschman, Asa Benveniste, Hugh Manning, Nathaniel Tarn, Lee Harwood, Tom Raworth, Jim Dine, Jeff Nuttall, Bob Cobbing.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Pip Benveniste

Hats (1970) 16mm, black and white, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, History

Lionel Ziprin, the first overground poet in the world, rises to the roof of the Home of the Sages of Israel on East Broadway and performs the legendary putting on hats from his stah collection, to the Kabbalistic singing of his grandfather Reb N. Z. Margolies Abulafia. This film can be said to be all that remains of a thirteen -- hour documentary shot in New York City circa 1909. Witnessed and constructed sixty years later by PB

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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