{"id":91574312,"title":"Every Child Is Born A Poet (educational)","handle":"every-child-is-born-a-poet","description":"\u003cul id=\"credits\"\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e \u003cb\u003e \u003c\/b\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003cul id=\"credits\"\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eDirected by: \u003c!-- InstanceBeginEditable name=\"Directed By\" --\u003eJonathan Meyer Robinson\u003c!-- InstanceEndEditable --\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eProduced by: \u003c!-- InstanceBeginEditable name=\"Produced By\" --\u003eJonathan Meyer Robinson\u003c!-- InstanceEndEditable --\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"release-year\"\u003e\n\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.collectiveeye.org\/products\/every-child-is-born-a-poet-home-use\" style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0133\/2562\/files\/HOME-USE_large.png?2043\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e Released: \u003c!-- InstanceBeginEditable name=\"year\" --\u003e2003\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"release-year\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eRunning Time: 59 min\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"release-year\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eEnglish \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"release-year\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eSubjects: \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.collectiveeye.org\/collections\/african-american\" style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eAfrican American Studies\u003c\/a\u003e, \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.collectiveeye.org\/collections\/art\" style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eArt, Music \u0026amp; Design\u003c\/a\u003e, \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.collectiveeye.org\/collections\/children-youth-family\" style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eChildren, Youth \u0026amp; Family\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eAn incendiary mix of documentary, poetry, storytelling, drama, and performance, \u003cb\u003eEVERY CHILD IS BORN A POET\u003c\/b\u003e explores the life and work of Piri Thomas (b. 1928) the Afro-Cuban-Puerto Rican author of the classic autobiographical novel \u003ci\u003eDown These Mean Streets\u003c\/i\u003e (1967). The film traces Thomas’ path from childhood to manhood in New York City’s Spanish Harlem, El Barrio, from the 1930s through the 1960s; his parents’ immigrant experience, home life during the Great Depression, his membership in barrio youth gangs, his struggle to come to terms with his mixed-racial identity, his travels as a teen-age merchant marine, his heroin addiction, his notorious armed robbery of a Greenwich Village nightclub, his six years spent in prison, and then his emergence as a writer. Thomas’ coming-of-age story is counter-pointed with verité scenes of his on-going work of forty-five years as an educator and activist empowering marginalized and incarcerated youths. A stylized, genre-spanning production, \u003cb\u003eEVERY CHILD IS BORN A POET\u003c\/b\u003e is a riveting portrait of a life lived through struggle, self-discovery, and transformation as it examines Thomas’ use of creative expression as a means of confronting poverty, racism, violence and isolation.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e \u003c!-- InstanceEndEditable --\u003e \u003ciframe src=\"http:\/\/player.vimeo.com\/video\/36172897\" allowfullscreen=\"allowfullscreen\" frameborder=\"0\" height=\"375\" width=\"500\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003cdiv align=\"center\"\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003c!-- InstanceBeginEditable name=\"Trailer Button\" --\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003cnoscript\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(0, 0, 0);\" data-mce-style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(255, 255, 255);\" data-mce-style=\"color: #ffffff;\"\u003e\n \u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;div class=\"bodytxt\"\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;!-- InstanceBeginEditable name=\"Awards\" --\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\n \u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;div align=\"center\"\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;\/div\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\n\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;!-- InstanceEndEditable --\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;\/div\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\n \u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;div class=\"bodytxt\"\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;!-- InstanceBeginEditable name=\"quotes\" --\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\n \u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;p\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\"...The fresh, new American documentary Piri Thomas is a delicious, surprising and funny portrait of an author. It is not just a traditional culture documentary: it brilliantly combines different forms of expression from animation to black and white narration and dramatised scenes...\" – Tuija Heikkilä, Aamulehti\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;\/p\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\n \u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;p\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\"EVERY CHILD IS BORN A POET: THE LIFE \u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; WORK OF PIRI THOMAS is a profile of an inspiring and powerful writer and role-model. The film is an eclectic visual pastiche, effectively combining several genres, such as drama, performance, archive and cinéma verité. Through this clever and sensitive film, we’re introduced to Piri Thomas’ charismatic personality.\" – Judges, International Documentary FilmFest Amsterdam 2003\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;br \/\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\n \u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;\/p\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\n \u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;p\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\"The deeply felt resonance of Every Child Is Born a Poet derives from Piri Thomas' unique ability to connect with his own interior life of feelings, and then to verbalize them through his art to the rest of the world.\" – Jon Gartenberg\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;\/p\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\n\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;!-- InstanceEndEditable --\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;\/div\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\n\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/noscript\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/collectiveeyeblog.tumblr.com\/post\/40795641778\/interview-with-jonathan-robinson\" style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eCLICK HERE\u003c\/a\u003e to read Collective Eye's interview with Director \u0026amp; Producer Jonathan Robinson\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eAWARDS:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOfficial Selection\u003c\/strong\u003e - Tribeca Film Festival 2003\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWINNER of the Prima Award\u003c\/strong\u003e - the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival 2003\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHonorable Mention\u003c\/strong\u003e- Urbanworld Film Festival 2003\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDistinguished Documentary Feature Award\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e \u003c\/strong\u003e- International Documentary Association (IDA) 2003\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSilver Wolf Award \u003c\/strong\u003e- International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) 2003\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOfficial U.S. Selection for IMPUT\u003c\/strong\u003e - 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The film traces Thomas’ path from childhood to manhood in New York City’s Spanish Harlem, El Barrio, from the 1930s through the 1960s; his parents’ immigrant experience, home life during the Great Depression, his membership in barrio youth gangs, his struggle to come to terms with his mixed-racial identity, his travels as a teen-age merchant marine, his heroin addiction, his notorious armed robbery of a Greenwich Village nightclub, his six years spent in prison, and then his emergence as a writer. Thomas’ coming-of-age story is counter-pointed with verité scenes of his on-going work of forty-five years as an educator and activist empowering marginalized and incarcerated youths. A stylized, genre-spanning production, \u003cb\u003eEVERY CHILD IS BORN A POET\u003c\/b\u003e is a riveting portrait of a life lived through struggle, self-discovery, and transformation as it examines Thomas’ use of creative expression as a means of confronting poverty, racism, violence and isolation.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e \u003c!-- InstanceEndEditable --\u003e \u003ciframe src=\"http:\/\/player.vimeo.com\/video\/36172897\" allowfullscreen=\"allowfullscreen\" frameborder=\"0\" height=\"375\" width=\"500\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003cdiv align=\"center\"\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003c!-- InstanceBeginEditable name=\"Trailer Button\" --\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003cnoscript\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(0, 0, 0);\" data-mce-style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: rgb(255, 255, 255);\" data-mce-style=\"color: #ffffff;\"\u003e\n \u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;div class=\"bodytxt\"\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;!-- InstanceBeginEditable name=\"Awards\" --\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\n \u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;div align=\"center\"\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;\/div\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\n\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;!-- InstanceEndEditable --\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;\/div\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\n \u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;div class=\"bodytxt\"\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;!-- InstanceBeginEditable name=\"quotes\" --\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\n \u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;p\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\"...The fresh, new American documentary Piri Thomas is a delicious, surprising and funny portrait of an author. It is not just a traditional culture documentary: it brilliantly combines different forms of expression from animation to black and white narration and dramatised scenes...\" – Tuija Heikkilä, Aamulehti\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;\/p\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\n \u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;p\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\"EVERY CHILD IS BORN A POET: THE LIFE \u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; WORK OF PIRI THOMAS is a profile of an inspiring and powerful writer and role-model. The film is an eclectic visual pastiche, effectively combining several genres, such as drama, performance, archive and cinéma verité. Through this clever and sensitive film, we’re introduced to Piri Thomas’ charismatic personality.\" – Judges, International Documentary FilmFest Amsterdam 2003\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;br \/\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\n \u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;\/p\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\n \u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;p\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\"The deeply felt resonance of Every Child Is Born a Poet derives from Piri Thomas' unique ability to connect with his own interior life of feelings, and then to verbalize them through his art to the rest of the world.\" – Jon Gartenberg\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;\/p\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\n\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;!-- InstanceEndEditable --\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;\/div\u0026amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;\n\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/noscript\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/collectiveeyeblog.tumblr.com\/post\/40795641778\/interview-with-jonathan-robinson\" style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eCLICK HERE\u003c\/a\u003e to read Collective Eye's interview with Director \u0026amp; Producer Jonathan Robinson\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eAWARDS:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOfficial Selection\u003c\/strong\u003e - Tribeca Film Festival 2003\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWINNER of the Prima Award\u003c\/strong\u003e - the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival 2003\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHonorable Mention\u003c\/strong\u003e- Urbanworld Film Festival 2003\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDistinguished Documentary Feature Award\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e \u003c\/strong\u003e- International Documentary Association (IDA) 2003\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSilver Wolf Award \u003c\/strong\u003e- International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) 2003\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOfficial U.S. Selection for IMPUT\u003c\/strong\u003e - International Public Television Conference 2004 (Barcelona, Spain)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eQuotes\/ Reviews:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\"\u003c\/strong\u003e...colorful and vibrant documentary...\"  -Daily Times\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003ca title=\"stream-link\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"http:\/\/www.docuseek2.com\/ce-ecp-es\" style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eStream\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e"}

Every Child Is Born A Poet (educational)

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    • Directed by: Jonathan Meyer Robinson
    • Produced by: Jonathan Meyer Robinson



    Released: 2003
    Running Time: 59 min
    English 

    An incendiary mix of documentary, poetry, storytelling, drama, and performance, EVERY CHILD IS BORN A POET explores the life and work of Piri Thomas (b. 1928) the Afro-Cuban-Puerto Rican author of the classic autobiographical novel Down These Mean Streets (1967). The film traces Thomas’ path from childhood to manhood in New York City’s Spanish Harlem, El Barrio, from the 1930s through the 1960s; his parents’ immigrant experience, home life during the Great Depression, his membership in barrio youth gangs, his struggle to come to terms with his mixed-racial identity, his travels as a teen-age merchant marine, his heroin addiction, his notorious armed robbery of a Greenwich Village nightclub, his six years spent in prison, and then his emergence as a writer. Thomas’ coming-of-age story is counter-pointed with verité scenes of his on-going work of forty-five years as an educator and activist empowering marginalized and incarcerated youths. A stylized, genre-spanning production, EVERY CHILD IS BORN A POET is a riveting portrait of a life lived through struggle, self-discovery, and transformation as it examines Thomas’ use of creative expression as a means of confronting poverty, racism, violence and isolation.

    CLICK HERE to read Collective Eye's interview with Director & Producer Jonathan Robinson

    AWARDS:

    • Official Selection - Tribeca Film Festival 2003
    • WINNER of the Prima Award - the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival 2003
    • Honorable Mention- Urbanworld Film Festival 2003
    • Distinguished Documentary Feature Award - International Documentary Association (IDA) 2003
    • Silver Wolf Award - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) 2003
    • Official U.S. Selection for IMPUT - International Public Television Conference 2004 (Barcelona, Spain)

    Quotes/ Reviews:

    "...colorful and vibrant documentary..."  -Daily Times

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