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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Jewish Film Festival closes with "Howl"... A docudrama about Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg...

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked... - Allen Ginsberg

It was just last night that I attended the Poets and Painters event at the Arts Factory that I read 20 lines of Allen Ginsberg's seminal work Howl. Though I would say 60% of those in attendence never heard of Ginsberg it is intereting to hear many of the young poets in attendance reciting their own prose that could have been easily mistaken for his work. The urban grittiness of Ginsberg's work is heard everyday in the urban poets of today. The contemplative words of their struggles living and breathing in an urban landscape replete with all of the trials and tribulations of contemporary life. But aside of a poets life today the Jewish Film Festival closes out its 10th Anniversary tonight in celebration of what was the life of one of the greatest Beat poets of all time.

This evening the Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival closes with the  film “Howl” beginning at 7:30 PM at the Brenden Theaters at the Palms Hotel and Casino. Starring James Franco and Mary-Louise Parker, “Howl” received critical acclaim after its recent limited release. The screening at the Brenden Theaters will be the Las Vegas Premiere of this important docudrama about the legendary poet Allen Ginsberg. 

The film “Howl” is being presented by J.U.M.P. and JewEL with all proceeds from this screening going to support Jewish Family Service Agency.

Tickets are $10.00 for the film only and $20.00 for reserved priority seating at the film and entry to a pre-screening private reception at 6:00 PM in the Brenden Suite at The Palms.

Visit www.jfsalv.org (click Jewish film festival icon on home page) for ticket information, venue addresses and the full film festival program schedule.

Tickets for “Howl” are also available through the Jewish Federation’s website:

The Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival produced by the Desert Space Foundation and the Jewish Family Service Agency, is positioned to benefit and raise awareness of the Jewish Family Service Agency, a comprehensive, non-sectarian, social service agency that provides food, jobs, counseling, emergency aid, adoptions, indigent burials, Holocaust education outreach and Survivor support.

HOWL (USA 2010, 90 min.)
Date: Sunday, Jan. 30 @ 7:30 PM
Location: Brenden Theatres, Palms Hotel and Casino (Closing Night Party)
Presented by: J.U.M.P. and JewEL
Moderated by: Dayvid Figler and Bruce Isaacson
Tickets: $10.00 - $20.00 Call 732-0556

HOWL is simultaneously a portrait of a renegade artist breaking down barriers to find love and redemption, and an imaginative ride through a prophetic masterpiece that rocked a generation and was heard around the world. James Franco stars as the young Allen Ginsberg—poet, counter-culture adventurer, and chronicler of the Beat Generation. In his famously confessional, leave-nothing-out style, Ginsberg recounts the road trips, love affairs, and search for personal liberation that led to the most timeless and electrifying work of his career: the poem HOWL. (Adult themes) 

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