SummaryA self-described meditation on the life of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes addresses the possible, and possibly imagined, life of the author as a gay man. Both documentary and fantasy, it blends archival footage with black and white paeans to a life that might have been.
Gay men -- Drama.
Closeted gays -- Drama.
Gay men -- New York (State) -- New York -- Drama.
African American poets -- 20th century -- Drama.
African American gay men -- 20th century -- Drama.
African American authors -- Sexual behavior -- Drama.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Drama.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| New York :Strand Releasing,2007
|Other Titles|| Attendant.
Meditation on Langston Hughes (1902-1907) and the Harlem Renaissance with the poetry of Essex Hemphill and Bruce Nugent (1906-1987) in memory of James Baldwin (1924-1987)
Nugent, Bruce, 1906-1987, author.
Als, Hilton, author.
Hemphill, Essex, author, narrator.
Marsh-Edwards, Nadine, producer.
Julien, Isaac, screenwriter, director.
Ellison, Ben, actor.
Baidoo, Matthew, actor.
Mogaji, Akim, actor.
Wilson, John (Actor), actor.
Williams, Dencil, actor.
Burgess, Guy, actor.
Dublin, James, actor.
Donaldson, Harry (Actor), actor.
Evans, Erick Ray, 1950-1999, narrator.
Jones, Wayson, 1957- narrator.
Morrison, Toni, narrator.
Hall, Stuart, 1932-2014, narrator.
Sankofa Film & Video, production company.
Strand Releasing (Firm), publisher.
Ben Ellison (Alex), Matthew Baidoo (Beauty), Akim Mogaji (James), John Wilson (Karl), Dencil Williams (Marcus), Guy Burgess (Dean), James Dublin (Carlos), Harry Donaldson (Leatherboy); American voices, Erick Ray Evans, Essex Hemphill, Wayson Jones, Toni Morrison; British voice, Stuart Hall.
Director of photography, Nina Kellgren ; editor, Robert Hargreaves.
Unrated: This film contains adult subject material.
In English; with optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired (SDH).
Originally released as a motion picture in 1989.
Running time indicated on container: 60 min.; actual running time: 45 min.
Special features: Commentary track with director, Isaac Julien, & director of photography, Nina Kellgren; photo gallery; "The attendant" [short film] (8 min.).
DVD; full screen presentation.
Winner, Gay and Lesbian Award of the Berlin International Film Festival "Teddy," Best Short Film, 1989 Berlin International Film Festival.
1 videodisc (45 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.