Museum of American Poetics Exhibits

Postbeat Generation Films

Launched in December 2013, The Postbeat Generation Film exhibit highlights multiple communities of writers that shared a twofold trajectory. At once, this trajectory is a result of direct poetics transmissions received by poets and writers impacted by Allen Ginsberg. Simultaneously, this trajectory engages the diverse realm of poets and writers, as well as all demotic genres of poetry that advanced human rights and dignity regardless of color, gender, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, class, religion, or disability. In this regard, the effect of the Postbeat Generation is the normalization of essential Beat values. MAP's Postbeat Film exhibit catalogs primary source films about the Postbeat Generation and its diversity; specific works in which Postbeat luminaries were central actors; mass media oriented biopics; as well as films based upon Postbeat works.


Within Our Gates
(Oscar Micheaux, 1920)
Zora Neale Hurston Fieldwork
(Zora Neale Hurston, 1928)

Black and Tan
(Dudley Murphy, 1929)
St. Louis Blues
(Dudley Murphy, 1929)
Hell-Bound Train
(James & Eloyce Gist, 1930)
Show Boat
(James Whale, 1936)
Stormy Weather
(Andrew L. Stone, 1943)

Intruder in the Dust
(Clarence Brown, 1949)
The Jackie Robinson Story
(Alfred E. Green, 1950)
Rock Around the Clock
(Fred F. Sears, 1956)
Jailhouse Rock
(Richard Thorpe, 1957)


The Defiant Ones
(Stanley Kramer, 1958)
Go, Johnny, Go!
(Paul Landres, 1959)
The Beatniks
(Paul Frees, 1960)
Dr. Strangelove
(Stanley Kubrick, 1964)
A Hard Day's Night
(Richard Lester, 1964)

(Richard Lester, 1965)
Dont Look Back
(D.A. Pennebaker, 1967)

The Wild Angels
(Roger Corman, 1968)
No Vietnamese Ever Called Me Nigger
(David Loeb Weiss, 1968)
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One
(William Greaves, 1968)

The Story of a Three-Day Pass
(Melvin Van Peebles, 1968)
Sympathy for the Devil
(Jean-Luc Godard, 1968)
  Monterey Pop
Monterey Pop
(D. A. Pennebaker, 1968)
Mick Jagger reads from Percy Shelley's "Adonais" on the Death of Brian Jones
(betapicts, 1969)

The Learning Tree
(Gordon Parks, 1969)
Cotton Comes to Harlem
(Ossie Davis, 1970)
(Michael Wadleigh, 1970)
I Am Somebody
(Madeline Anderson, 1970)

The Fly
(Yoko Ono, 1970)
Gimme Shelter
(Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, 1970)
Soul Train
(Don Cornelius, 1971-1993)
Mad Dogs & Englishmen
(Pierre Adidge, 1971)

Winter Soldier
(Vietnam Veterans Against the War
Winterfilm Collective, 1972)
The Concert for Bangladesh
(Saul Swimmer, 1972)
Ganja & Hess
(Bill Gunn, 1973)
Hearts and Minds
(Peter Davis, 1974)

Ed Sanders
(Harold Channer, 1975)
The Blank Generation
(Ivan Kral & Amos Poe, 1976)
Killer of Sheep
(Charles Burnett, 1977)
Burroughs on Bowery
(Marc Olmsted, 1977)
Renaldo and Clara
(Bob Dylan, 1978)
The Punk Rock Movie
(Don Letts, 1978)

American Mutant
(Marc Olmsted, 1978)
    The Last Waltz
The Last Waltz
(Martin Scorsese, 1978)

The Deer Hunter
(Michael Cimino, 1978)
      Rust Never Sleeps
Rust Never Sleeps
(Neil Young, 1979)
Apocalypse Now
(Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
Mitsuye and Nellie: Asian American Poets
(Allie Light and Irving Saraf, 1981)

Public Enemy Channel
(Public Enemy, N.D.)
Losing Ground
(Kathleen Collins, 1982)
Poetry in Motion
(Ron Mann, 1982)
Anne Waldman "Uh-Oh Plutonium!
(Hyacinth Girls Music, 1982)
Wild Style
(Charlie Ahearn, 1983)
Purple Rain
(Albert Magnoli, 1984)
Beat Street
(Stan Lathan, 1984)

Krush Groove
(Michael Schultz, 1985)
Down by Law
(Jim Jarmusch, 1986)
(Oliver Stone, 1986)
She's Gotta Have It
(Spike Lee, 1986)

Full Metal Jacket
(Stanley Kubrick, 1987)
Tongues Untied
(Marlon Riggs, 1989)
Born on the Fourth of July
(Oliver Stone, 1989
Mystery Train
(Jim Jarmusch, 1989)
    Mo' Better Blues
Mo' Better Blues
(Spike Lee, 1990)

Daughters of the Dust
(Julie Dash, 1991)
Harry Weinberg's Notebook
Based on the work "A Letter to Harvey Milk" by Lesléa Newman
(Yariv Kohn, 1991)

A Place of Rage
(Pratibha Parmar, 1991)
    Boyz n the Hood
Boyz n the Hood
(John Singleton, 1991)
(Michael Apted, 1992)
Malcolm X
(Spike Lee, 1992)
Poetic Justice
(John Singleton, 1993)
The Misfits: Thirty Years of Fluxus
(Lars Movin, 1993)
The Bob Holman Channel
(Bob Holman, 1993)

Devil in a Blue Dress
(Carl Franklin, 1995)
Dead Man
(Jim Jarmusch, 1995)
The Basketball Diaries
(Scott Kalvert, 1995)

The United States of Poetry
(Mark Pellington with Bob Holman, 1995)
The Watermelon Woman
(Cherly Dunye, 1996)
The Last Angel of History
(John Akomfrah, 1996)

(Marc Levin, 1998)
Smoke Signals
(Chris Eyre, 1998)
(Lourdes Portillo, 1999)
The Clash: Westway to the World
The Clash: Westway to the World
(Don Letts, 2000)
The Filth and the Fury
(Julien Temple, 2000)

Before Night Falls
(Julian Schnabel, 2000)
American Saint
(Joseph Castelo, 2001)
(Leon Ichaso, 2001)

Def Poetry
(Russell Simmons, 2002-2007)
8 Mile
(Curtis Hanson, 2002)
Steve Silberman's Allen Ginsberg Playlist
(Steve Silberman, N.D.)
Antler: "Skyscraper Apocalypse"
(Jim Cohn, 2002)
Anne Waldman: Makeup on Empty Space
(Jim Cohn, 2002)

Joni Mitchell - Woman of Heart and Mind
(Stephanie Bennett, 2003)
(Ishmael Reed & Cecil Brown, 2003)
Cornelius Eady
(UCTV, 2003)
Masked and Anonymous
Masked and Anonymous
(Larry Charles, 2003)
The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara
(Errol Morris, 2003)

Dinners with Andy
(Vivian Demuth, 2004)
      Coffee and Cigarettes
Coffee and Cigarettes
(Jim Jarmusch, 2004)
Eliot Katz: "Elegy for Allen Ginsberg"
(Naropa University, 2004)
About Baghdad
(Sinan Antoon, 2004)
Andy Clausen & Eliot Katz Interview
(Harold Channer, 2004)

An Evening with Nikki Giovanni
(Vince Hutcherson, 2005)
No Direction Home
(Martin Scorsese, 2005)
A Thousand Roads
(Chris Eyre, 2005)
(Heather Rae, 2005)
Graffiti Verité 6: The Odyssey
(Bob Bryan, 2006)

Sharon Mesmer
(jordandavis, 2006)
Dylan Hock Poetry Videos
(Dylan Hock, 2006-)
"Natural State of Genius" Allen Ginsberg and Steven Taylor
(Steven Taylor, 2007)

Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten
(Julien Temple: 2007)
I’m Not There
(Todd Haynes, 2007)
Jayne Cortez
(UCTV, 2008)

Wanda Coleman Interview
(Poetry.LA, 2008)
This Is the Life
(Ava DuVernay, 2008)
The Poetry of Wang Ping
(UCTV, 2008)
Steve Hirsch Interview
(Harold Channer, 2008)

Salt of This Sea
(Annemarie Jacir, 2008)
Thomas Sayers Ellis "All Their Stanzas Look Alike"
(NPFvideo, 2008)
Flying Words Project
(UCTV, 2008)
Patti Smith: Dream of Life
(Steven Sebring, 2008)
Kirpal Gordon Interview
(Harold Channer, 2008)

Majena Mafe "You Asked What Does a Feminist Sound Like"
(Majena Mafe, 2009)

Andy Clausen: "Ginsberg, Corso and Me"
(Skimber, 2009)
Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire
(Lee Daniels, 2009)
The Heart of the Hydrogen Jukebox
(Miriam Lerner & Don Feigel, 2009)
Andy Clausen: "Neal Cassady was a man"
(Skimber, 2009)

Allen Ginsberg "Gospel Noble Truths" Animation
(KAMouflageFilms, 2009)
Deaf Jam
(Judy Lieff, 2010)
David Cope Reads
(GRCC, 2010)
For Colored Girls
Adapted from Ntozake Shange's 1975 for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf.
(Tyler Perry, 2010)
Magic Trip
(Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood, 2011)
Bob Rosenthal Reads [Allen Ginsberg's] "Who Be Kind To"
(thepoetinnewyork, 2011)
Vernon Frazer Channel
(Vernon Frazer, 2011-)

The Poetry Project Channel
(Poetry Project, 2011-)
100 Thousand Poets for Change
(Michael Rothenberg, 2011-)
The Beat Goes On
(Susie Reynolds, 2011)

Nancy Mercado
(PBS NewsHour, 2011)
Janet Hamill
(clairedelune49, 2011)
M.L. Liebler "Working Words"
(Strand Bookstore, 2011)

Gary Lawless - A Poetry Reading
(College of the Atlantic, 2011)
Poet In Andalucia: Natalie Handel
(rattapallax, 2011)
Lorna Dee Cervantes: The Holloway Series
(UC Berkeley, 2012)
Witness Downtown Rising Renga
(Nikhil Melnechuk, 2012)

Martín Espada interview
(hocopolitso, 2012)
Ed Sanders - Fug You
(Punkcast, 2012)
Jim Cohn: The Making of Venerable Madtown Hall
(Katrina Miller, 2013)

Unscripted - Anne Waldman
(WUGATV, 2013)
Eddie Swayze: "Howl" in ASL
(wildpoet 2011, 2013)
Bob Dylan "Like A Rolling Stone" - interactive video
(Bob Dylan, 2013)
  Straight Outta Compton
Straight Outta Compton
(F. Gary Gray, 2015)
(Dee Rees, 2015)

What Happened, Miss Simone?
(Liz Garbus, 2015)
(Jeffrey Perkins, 2018)
Invisible Keys: New and Selected Poems Reading by David Cope
(Grand Rapids Community College, 2018)