September 11, 3:30 PM
About this Event
This captivating film traces Hyam Plutzik’s growth as a poet from his youthful days on a Connecticut farm as the son of Russian Jewish emigrants, through his education at Trinity College and Yale, and finally as the first Jewish professor at the University of Rochester and a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize nomination. HYAM PLUTZIK: AMERICAN POET revives the work of this forgotten Jewish writer who still remains a mystery, juxtaposing memory, interviews, literature, and home movies to lead viewers on a journey through the life and legacy of a modernist whose voice resounds powerfully within the best formal and elegiac traditions of Theodore Roethke and Wallace Stevens. The film is co-directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Christine Choy and features some of the most important poets of the 20th-century, including Hayden Carruth, Gallway Kinnell, Donald Hall, Grace Schulman, and Stanley Kunitz in his last interview at age 99. Directed by Christine Choy & Ku-Ling Siegel USA. To learn more about American poet Hyam Plutzik visit: http://www.hyamplutzikpoetry.com.
For more details about MJFF films and programs, visit: http://miamijewishfilmfestival.org
ADDED BONUS VIDEO
Three Hyam Plutzik poems in yiddish, translated by Miriam Hoffman, read by Avi Hoffman
Featuring a Q&A with Edward Moran, Hyam Plutzik literary scholar!