Directed By Henry Ferrini
Charles Olson, the “big fire source” for a restless generation of poets known as the Beats, stands more revealed than ever before. Through Ferrini’s poetry-in-motion lens, viewers can now see Olson’s landscapes through the fresh eyes of America’s Archaeologist of Morning.
Olson, the “original aboriginal,” fights to save his town from so-called progress as the bulldozer of change rumbles down Main Street, USA. His challenge to us? We must either rediscover the earth or leave it. Have we all become estranged from that which is most familiar? See Polis Is This before the cultural wetlands are completely drained… and maybe you can save the place where you live.
THE FILMMAKER: Henry Ferrini works out of the port city of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Over the last 25 years, much of his work has focused on what Jack Kerouac called, “the great continent of New England.” His interest in cultural geography has taken him to working-class communities throughout the industrial Northeast unearthing material most would overlook. Ferrini’s current project focuses on the great saxophonist Lester Willis Young. Little-known outside jazz circles, Mr. Young’s life could be considered an ugly beauty, a story of exquisite grace set within a time of loathsome racism.