The film entitled “Lemon” is a portrait of Lemon Andersen, a three-time felon turned poet who savored a brief moment of glory in winning a Tony Award for Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. But Lemon has landed back in the projects, living with thirteen family members in a close-fit Puerto Rican community, and is desperate for a way out. Beth Levison and Laura Brownson, the two film directors, follow Lemon’s last-ditch effortto get out of poverty through his autobiographical one man-show, “County of Kings.” It is a story about artistic struggle, the consequences of ambition, and ultimately, creative triumph. The film features a surprise turn by Spike Lee and music by Hip-hop phenoms Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and Aloe Blacc.
Lemon won the Special Jury Prize at the DOC NYC Festival and received an Honorable Mention at the Zurich International Film Festival. PopMatters calls the movie “brilliant and compelling.” Stephen Nemeth, producer of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, says it’s “stunning, inspiring, and wildly entertaining.”
The film is showing on Saturday March 3 at 9:30 pm at the Coral Gables Art Cinema (260 Aragon Ave), and Sunday March 4 at 3:15 pm at Regal South Beach Cinemas, Screen 10 (1100 Lincoln Road). Lemon Andersen and co-director Laura Brownson will take part in an extended Q&A session after the screenings.
In addition, I recommend the following interview with Lemon Anderson on Remezcla.com: http://ny.remezcla.com/2011/latin/interview-lemon-andersen-doc-nyc/
Lemon’s story is truly inspirational, his poetry sharp, funny and brutally honest. As an urban word lover, I think you would highly enjoy the screening and the following discussion.
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