Lemon (educational)

  •  Directed and Produced by: Laura Brownson & Beth Levison
Released: 2012
Running Time: 82mins
Subtitles: English
Subjects: Children, Youth and Family  Sociology

Three-time felon, one-time Tony Award winner, Lemon Andersen is an acclaimed poet who broke out on Broadway in Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam. But Lemon has landed back in the projects, is living with thirteen family members, and is desperate for a way out. He turns to the only things he has left, his pen and his story. A beautifully crafted film, LEMON follows one man’s journey to bring his life story to the stage while battling the demons from his past. Featuring a surprise turn by Spike Lee and music by Hip-hop phenoms Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli and others, this documentary debut personalizes the anguish of a generation of men clinging to the margins but fighting for something more.


  • Best International Documentary Feature - Edmonton International Film Festival 2012 
  • Best International Documentary Feature - Oaxaca Mexico International Film Festival 2012
  • Best Documentary Feature - Tacoma Film Festival 2012
  • Special Mention - Documentary Edge Festival 2012
  • Honorable Mention - Zurich Film Festival 2011
  • Special Jury Prize - DOCNYC 2011
  • LEMON was also the closing night film for the HBO/ New York International Latino Film Festival

Reviews/ Testimonials:

"LEMON will break through race and age barriers to inspire young people to use art to change their lives. A blessing of a film for all ages." -Russell Simmons

"If you think art can transform a life, go see LEMON. If you think art can’t transform a life, go see LEMON. If you like Def Poetry, go see LEMON. If you don’t know what Def Poetry is, go see LEMON. It’s a not to be missed movie."  -Terence Harding, METRO Edmonton