Lindsay Mofford > Documentary > Kenneth Rexroth: The Signature of All Things Film
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth, Los Angeles’ premier venue for poetry hosted a night of luminaries celebrating the work of one of the poetry world’s stars: Kenneth Rexroth. This 83-minute film, shot at Beyond Baroque, the notoriously avant-garde Literary Arts Center in Venice Beach, attracted an eclectic and eccentric roster of participants extolling Rexroth’s impact on his art forms. The Signature of All Things film expounds on the poet’s legacy with captivating recitation, live music, and rare accounts of Rexroth’s remarkable life by some of the most important writers, historians, and activists of our day.
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Director, Producer, and Editor
Lindsay D. Mofford
Sound and Graphic Design
About Kenneth Rexroth: The Signature of All Things
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth, Los Angeles' premier venue for poetry hosted a night of luminaries celebrating the work of one of the poetry world's stars: Kenneth Rexroth. Held at Beyond Baroque, the notoriously avant-garde Literary Arts Center in Venice Beach, this standing-room-only celebration attracted an eclectic and eccentric roster of participants extolling Rexroth's impact on his art forms.
This film documents a magical night of tribute to the genius of Kenneth Rexroth and his numerous timeless contributions to the world culture. Curated and hosted by Grammy-nominated poet Michael C. Ford, this film is a testament to one individual's impact on an art form and expresses a lasting impression of an American original.
By turns exuberant and bitter-sweet, this film memorializes Rexroth with wild recitations and wry reminiscences from the assorted friends, family members, former students, writers, music archivists, performers and poets who knew him best. The film bridges the gap between past and present literary generations and shares special memories through forgotten images, rare photographs and original artwork.
This lively document will excite the ear and intellect and provide a fuller portrait of Kenneth Rexroth, whose work is sure to inspire anyone interested in contemporary poetry.
Kenneth Rexroth: The Signature of All Things was filmed at...
Beyond Baroque is one of the United States' leading independent Literary | Arts Centers and public spaces dedicated to expanding the public's knowledge of poetry, literature and art through cultural events and community interaction. Founded in 1968 as an experimental literary magazine, Beyond Baroque is based out of the original City Hall building in Venice, California. The Center offers a diverse variety of literary and arts programming including readings and workshops.
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