READ MORE: SXSW: Les Blank’s Leon Russell Doc Gets a Proper Premiere and a Trippy New Poster
Shot between 1972 and 1974 while Russell was living with artist friends in Oklahoma, “A Poem is a Naked Person” is not only a galvanizing, verité portrait of one of the finest, and perhaps most under-appreciated musicians and live performers of the twentieth century, but also an intimate examination of the community that existed in and around him during that period of time.
You’re sure to be hooked by the trailer, which you can check out at the top of this page, from the moment you hear a voice offscreen utter, “Out here it’s just kind of like a floating mental hospital.”
Janus Films will open “A Poem is a Naked Person” at the Film Forum in New York on July 1. A national release will follow.