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VERSE: A MURDER MYSTERY

When a young poet discovers a lost manuscript, he is drawn into the New York City literary world with the only key to an unsolved, 30-year-old murder. Starring Jon Sands, Angel Nafis and Mark Greenfield. Produced by Rattapallax Productions. Directed by Ram Devineni. Script by Susan Brennan. Music by Shira E. & the Tiny Tornadoes. [ more ]


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ON THE ROAD WITH BOB HOLMAN

What happens when a downtown New York poet of the hip hop and slam persuasion discovers that the roots of spoken word go back thousands of years and span the globe? If he’s Bob Holman, he goes On the Road to track them down! He trades stories, fun, recipes, insights, jokes, songs, and poems. Along the way, he gets passionately immersed in the Endangered Language crisis — over half the world’s 6500 languages will disappear before the end of this century. Holman guides us to the bottom-line question of survival of these systems of consciousness with respect, joy, and dedication to diversity. He throws himself into the life – shares the meals, participates in the ceremonies, dances and parties. His enthusiasm infects the series’ fast-paced style – Hip, but not hipper than thou. Serious fun! Ok everybody, get ready — let’s take the road not taken, with Bob Holman. more ]


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POSTCARDS FROM EARTH’S WHISPER

In spring 2011, Joshua Ferris, Eliza Griswold, Bob Holman, Nathalie Handal & Christopher Merrill traveled to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal and UAE as part of a literary tour. A series of short transmedia peices about their trip including the killing of Osama bin Laden. [ more ]


PIGEON KINGS OF BROOKLYN

Look up from the busy hectic streets of New York City life, and you will see a flock of purebred pigeons flying in circles around an abandoned tenement building in Bushwick. Their aerial acrobatics are guided by their keeper, a street-wise Puerto Rico man nicknamed 2Tone. On the other end of Brooklyn, Goodwin and his pal, Super 13, tend their pigeon coop and flock of 300 birds. Each one trying to lure each other’s pigeons away in order to get bragging rights. The film is told through the voices and perspectives of the pigeon keepers and brings the audience into this obscure and dying culture in New York City. NTSC. Full HD. 9 minutes. Producers: Ram Devineni, Ashok Sinha & Martina Sönksen. Vimeo Staff Pick. Released on Narratively.


LAMONT, THE PACKRAT

(3:10 MIN, NTSC) A short piece about the infamous hoarder and poet Lamont B. Steptoe gives you a tour of his cluttered filled Philadelphia apartment and mind. Producer & Director: Ram Devineni. Distributed by CINELAN.


ALIEN ROADKILL

A short documentary about African-American poet Lamont B. Steptoe and his search for the aliens who abducted him in Philadelphia. Steptoe is an American Book Award winner and suffering from post-traumatic syndrome resulting from the Vietnam War. In 2008, he traveled to Roswell, New Mexico to the Roswell UFO Festival to find the aliens he encountered and seek spiritual solace at the famed crash site. While at Roswell, he meets other people who were also adducted by aliens and soon discovers that he is not “alone.” Premiered on WYBE’s Philadelphia Stories. Screened at 14th Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. 2008 Zebra Poetry Film Festival, Berlin. 16th Annual African Diaspora Film Festival. III Bahia Afro Film Festival. Produced, edited and directed by Ram Devineni and Rattapallax Films.


PUPPY LOVE: SAME-SEX MARRIAGE ON 11-11-11

On 11-11-11, Steve and Eliseo had a same-sex marriage ceremony in New York City. They met on November 11 and Steve first popped the question 11 years ago knowing that it could never be a formal marriage. When New York State legalized same-sex marriages in June, they knew they had to get married on 11-11-11! Both Steve and Eliseo started a boutique clothing line for small dogs and with the help of their pet Chihuahua, Martina, they recount their love and prepare for one of the first ceremonial gay marriages in New York City!


BOLLYWORLD

India is going through extraordinary changes and entering the global market. This documentary focuses on how India’s largest film industry “Bollywood” is transforming itself to appeal to a world audience. We get a glimpse into the many dimensions of Bollywood and the people who make a living entertaining over 3 billion people a year. Produced by Ram Devineni, Franthiesco Ballerini & Beatriz Seigner. In English and Portuguese.


POETS ON FILM

Series of short films featuring poets Eileen Myles, Jon Sands, Haleh Gafori, SHIRA, Edward Hirsch, James Ragan, Meena Alexander, Nathalie Handal, and many more. [ more ]