The Polymath, or the Life and Opinions of Samuel R. Delany, Gentleman
Fred Barney Taylor
Maestromedia is proud to announce the release of the two-disc DVD set, The Polymath, or the Life and Opinions of Samuel R. Delany, Gentleman. This 80-minute feature, directed by Fred Barney Taylor, is a cinematic portrait of this larger-than-life iconic figure.
The Polymath fluidly fuses meditative and experimental imagery, autobiographical anecdotes, family home movies, and literary excerpts to produce a stylized and highly unusual documentary. The film’s nonlinear structure follows Delany’s own use of autobiography, science-fiction, social criticism, pornography and semiotics. The film also features an appearance by novelist Jonathan Lethem.
The bonus disc contains 2 and 1/2 hours of never before seen Delany interviews and includes the full version of his film, The Orchid.
The Polymath debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007 and played to critical acclaim at LGBT film festivals in London, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Seattle. It received the Best Documentary Award at the 2008 Philadelphia GLFF, and was called “the best undistributed film” by the film editor of The New Yorker.
The Polymath has received extremely favorable reviews in The New Yorker, Time Out, The Village Voice, and Variety. Additional reviews, festival catalog pages, and articles can be found by Googling the entire name of the film, The Polymath, or the Life and Opinions of Samuel R. Delany, Gentleman.
The price for instiutions is $250 pus S&H.