We are excited to announce that LEMON will close the New York International Latino Film Festival. Launched in 1999, the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) is now the premier Urban Latino film event in the country. The NYILFF's mission is to showcase the works of the hottest emerging Latino filmmaking talent in the U.S. and Latin America, offer expansive images of the Latino experience, and celebrate the diversity and spirit of the Latino community. The festival will take place August 13 - August 19, 2012. For more information, please visit: www.nylatinofilm.com.
Producers/Director: Laura Brownson/Beth Levison
Saturday, August 18th, 6:30pm and 7:00pm
Watch the trailer here! Purchase tickets here!
When Lemon Andersen held a Tony Award in his hands for his work in Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, it was close to a miracle. This urban poet/performer was a 3-time felon and a man who’d achieved more than anyone could have ever imagined. But when the show closed, he lost everything. His home. His savings. His confidence. He moved his wife and two small daughters back to the housing projects to live under the same roof as thirteen other family members. Back to a way of living that he and generations of his family before him were far too accustomed to – jobless, penniless and hopeless – until in desperation, he turned to the only thing he had left, his pen and his past. In this intricately crafted documentary, LEMON follows one man’s journey to bring his life story to the NY stage while battling his darkest demons. Featuring a surprise turn by Spike Lee and music by Hip-hop phenoms Mos Def, Aloe Blacc, and Talib Kweli/Kanye West/Nina Simone, this documentary debut personalizes the anguish of a generation of men clinging to the margins of society but fighting for something more. LEMON will air on PBS as part of the LPB series Voces on Friday, October 19,2012!