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1 hr. 13 min.

Plot Summary
This highly unorthodox documentary follows the crooked path of Benjamin (no last name). He lives in a hidden neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia called "Cabbagetown." Drag-queen, speed-freak, all-around renegade, Benjamin left the straight (in every sense of the word) world behind a long time ago.

Cast: Benjamin Dickerson , Tim Campion , Brian Halloran , Coleman Lewis , Bill Taft , Patti Smith ,

Directors: Jem Cohen , Peter Sillen

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Cowboy Booking International

Benjamin Smoke (2000)

Release Date: July 21st, 2000|1 hr. 13 min.

critic reviews (9)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    It feels as though we're on a journey with Benjamin, who proves to be a wryly funny, passionate and complex traveling companion. show more

  • 58
    Michael Atkinson Mr. Showbiz

    As a portrait of a man barely qualifying for a cinematic portrait, Benjamin Smoke is a trifle, but when Sillen and Cohen turn their cameras on the weedy, workaday, hellhole America that Benjamin calls home, the movie comes alive. show more

  • 88
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    It's the hypnotic long-form music video Smoke never got to make. show more

  • February 20, 2013 bf00000000139034
    Report This User

    I was Benjamin\'s lover in the early years and being a working musician, myself, I encouraged B.\'s art. not only was he a great musicain with more insight than most, but he was also a great pin and ink artist (Picaso-est). I love him then and I still love him now. I\'d like to leave you with my tribut to him. \"I look out the same window that I have peered through for years and somehow the sky is not so blue today. I am not at all sure that the mountains have not given themselves to shrinking. I am not at all sure that nature has not stopped her steady stream of goings and comings. Today, I have the knowledge that you are no longer here, physically. Today I am not at all sure of myself; numb. My only thoughts are of you; what you were and what you became. I remember the piercing gaze in your eyes, constantly looking for that next thing to spark your interest; ever thing; ever moving through a world of your own creation that some of us were, from time to time, invited to visit. And I rememvber your heart - room enough for everyone. Like a flood things come to mind that have not made themselves known for years; feelings, thoughts, beliefs and even some regrets. you did your dance of life and you had no care as to whom, if anyone, danced along with you. Total freedom, surrendering only to the muse, you became what most of us, as artist strive to be; gut honest, open, raw, blunt. DANCE ON YOU BEAUTIFUL SPARTAN CHILD!! I LOVE YOU STILL, B. JIMI C

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