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Benjamin Smoke

Not Rated In Theaters 07/21/2000 , 78min.
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Plot & Details

Noted documentary filmmaker Jem Cohen (along with Peter Sillen) directs this look at Benjamin, a Southern, gay, HIV positive, drug-addicted drag queen who led the blues-punk band "Smoke." Born Robert Dickerson in 1960, Benjamin played punk in Atlanta's grungy Cabbagetown section before fronting the queer-core band Opal Foxx Quartet. Thereafter, he began experimenting with such decidedly unpunk instruments as banjos and cellos and formed Smoke. As Cabbagetown lost its edgy spirit during the 1990s -- thanks to the yuppie-friendly condo boom -- so did Benjamin lose his fight against AIDS. He died of the disease early in 1999. This film was screened at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival.

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2000 Independent Spirit Awards Truer Than Fiction Award Pete Sillen Nominated
2000 Independent Spirit Awards Truer Than Fiction Award Jem Cohen Nominated

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