Paul Goodman Changed My Life

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Paul Goodman Changed My Life

Time: December 18, 2011 at 7pm to December 22, 2011 at 7pm
Location: Downtown Independent
Street: 251 S Main St.
City/Town: Los Angeles
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Phone: 213-617-1033
Event Type: film
Organized By: Downtown Independent
Latest Activity: Dec 18, 2011

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Fri 12/9: 7pm

Sat 12/10: 12pm

Sun 12/11: 1pm

Mon 12/12: 4pm

Tue 12/13: 4:30pm

Wed 12/14: 5pm

Thu 12/15: 4pm

Fri 12/16: 5pm

Sat 12/17: 4pm

Sun 12/18: 5:30pm

Mon 12/19: 4:30pm

Tue 12/20: 7pm

Wed 12/21: 9pm

Thu: 12/22: 9pm


A Film by Jonathan Lee
Paul Goodman was once so ubiquitous in the American zeitgeist that he merited a “cameo” in Woody Allenʼs Annie Hall. Author of legendary bestseller Growing Up Absurd (1960), Goodman was also a poet, 1940s out queer (and family man), pacifist, visionary, co-founder of Gestalt therapy—and a moral compass for many in the burgeoning counterculture of the ʼ60s.
Paul Goodman Changed My Life immerses you in an era of high intellect (that heady, cocktail-glass juncture that Mad Men has so effectively exploited) when New York was peaking culturally and artistically; when ideas, and the people who propounded them, seemed to punch in at a higher weight class than they do now. Using a treasure trove of archival multimedia—selections from Goodmanʼs poetry (read by Garrison Keillor and Edmund White); quotes from Susan Sontag, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Noam Chomsky; plentiful footage of Goodman himself; plus interviews with his family, peers and activists—director/producer Jonathan Lee and producer/editor Kimberly Reed (Prodigal Sons) have woven together a rich portrait of an intellectual heavyweight whose ideas are long overdue for rediscovery.


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