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Benjamin Smoke

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


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...more

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