And When I Die, I Won’t Stay Dead

Dir. Billy Woodberry
(89 min, United States, 2015)
Documentary
DC Premiere

A contemporary of Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs, African American poet Bob Kaufman is one of the Beat Generation’s most overlooked artists.

Lovingly assembled from photo montages, insightful interviews, and set against the cool, angry rhythms of Kaufman’s poetry, celebrated filmmaker Billy Woodberry’s powerful biography refuses to shy away from the darker periods of the poet’s life—a decade spent under a vow of silence, battles with drug addiction, and the isolation that followed his abandonment of his familial responsibilities.

-Note adapted from MoMA

Co-presented by LaTiDo Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington American Poetry Museum

Screenings

Monday, May 22, 6:30 pm
E Street Cinema
555 11th Street NW
Washington, DC

Saturday, May 27, 12:00 pm
Pre-Sale Only*
Edlavitch DCJCC
1529 16th Street NW
Washington, DC

*Saturday screenings before 6:15pm are pre-sale only in observance of Shabbat. Tickets to these screenings will not be available for purchase at the door.

E Street Cinema elevators are unavailable for the remainder of the Festival. If you can't use an escalator, and have purchased tickets to an E Street screening, contact boxoffice@wjff.org for a credit or refund.

Preview
Guests

Saturday, May 27 screening followed by a Q&A with noted DC poet and activist, E. Ethelbert Miller.

E. Ethelbert Miller is a noted DC poet and activist. He is the founder and former chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. and is the longtime editor of Poet Lore, the oldest poetry magazine published in the United States. Miller was a Fulbright Senior Specialist Program Fellow to Israel in 2004 and 2012.

The author of several collections of poetry, he has written two memoirs, Fathering Words: The Making of An African American Writer (2000) and The 5th Inning (2009). His poetry anthology In Search of Color Everywhere was awarded the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award in 1994. In 2015, Miller was inducted into the Washington, DC Hall of Fame.

Press
  • heartfelt, quietly inspiring [...] shed[s] light on a compellingly enigmatic individualThe Hollywood Reporter
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E Street Cinema elevators are unavailable for the remainder of the Festival. If you can’t use an escalator, and have purchased tickets to an E Street screening, contact boxoffice@wjff.org for a credit or refund.

This event finished on May 28, 2017.