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Benjamin Smoke Details

  • Release Date: Jun 17, 2000
  • Runtime: 1 hr. 13 min.
  • Genres: Documentary
  • Director:Pete Sillen, Jem Cohen

FULL SYNOPSIS

Noted documentary filmmaker [[Performer~P85410~Jem Cohen~jemcohen]] (along with Peter Sillen) directs this look at Benjamin, a Southern, gay, HIV positive, drug-addicted drag queen who led the blues-punk band "Smoke." Born Robert Dickerson in 1960, Benjamin played punk in Atlanta's grungy Cabbagetown section before fronting the queer-core band Opal Foxx Quartet. Thereafter, he began experimenting with such decidedly unpunk instruments as banjos and cellos and formed Smoke. As Cabbagetown lost its edgy spirit during the 1990s -- thanks to the yuppie-friendly condo boom -- so did Benjamin lose his fight against AIDS. He died of the disease early in 1999. This film was screened at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

  • Release date:June 17, 2000

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Jem Cohen Truer Than Fiction Award 2000 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Pete Sillen Truer Than Fiction Award 2000 Nominee

Cast

Crew

Pete Sillen
Director
Jem Cohen
Director
Jem Cohen
Producer
Pete Sillen
Producer
Jem Cohen
Screenwriter
Pete Sillen
Screenwriter
Jem Cohen
Cinematographer
Pete Sillen
Cinematographer
Sarah Cawley
Cinematographer
Pete Sillen
Editor
Jem Cohen
Editor
Pete Sillen
Sound/Sound Designer
Jem Cohen
Sound/Sound Designer
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