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Ginsberg to Howl at the Boe

Academy-Award-Nominated Director Jerry Aronson To Appear At Two Double Feature Screenings At The Dairy Center For The Arts’ Brand New Boedecker Theater

Since opening in March, the 60-seat Boedecker Theater at The Dairy Center for the Arts has been showing an assortment of art-house films.

This gem of a theater is also collaborating with Menorah: Arts, Culture and Education on film programs. The Boe, as it is affectionately known, will be screening a special double feature of “Howl” and “The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg” on Sunday and Monday, May 15 and 16, at 6:00 pm.

Both evenings include a discussion with Academy Award nominated director Jerry Aronson, who spent 25 years accumulating more than 120 hours of film on Ginsberg.

Winner of the International Documentary Association Award in 1993, Aronson’s documentary, “The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg,” explores the life and work of the greatest poet of the Beat Generation, allowing us glimpses into the life of this visionary, radical, and spiritual seeker who challenged the very soul of the country.  It was recently screened at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and has been re-released on DVD including an additional 6 hours of “Extras”.  Autographed copies of the DVD will be available for purchase at the screenings.

Howl” explores the life and works of the poet (as portrayed by James Franco), reconstructing the early life of Ginsberg during the 1940s and 1950s. It reenacts Ginsberg’s debut performance of “Howl” at the Six Gallery Reading on October 7, 1955, reproducing a sense of what the poem might have sounded and felt like at the moment of its creation. Not quite biopic, not quite documentary, “Howl” takes a familiar, celebrated piece of writing and breathes life into it. Every word spoken in the film is part of the historical record.

A maker of many award winning documentaries, Jerry Aronson was on the faculty of the Film Studies Department at CU for 34 years.  He is credited for establishing the Production Department within Film Studies along with founder Virgil Grillo.  One of his focuses was on teaching the video-based advanced production class: Making the Personal Documentary.  He will share insights into not only the subject and content of the two films, but also the process of film-making.

This will be the first time these two films have been shown together, as well as the first time that the Boedecker Theater has hosted a film maker to discuss his work.

The double feature screenings are co-sponsored by Menorah, which will also host two screenings of “The Inspector General” at the Boe on Sunday, June 26. 

Tickets are available online at and at the door.

About Kathryn Bernheimer

Director of Menorah: Arts, Culture and Education at the Boulder JCC. The former film and theater critic for the Boulder Daily Camera, Kathryn is the author of "The Fifty Greatest Jewish Movies" and "The Fifty Funniest Films of All Time."

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