Benjamin Smoke Poster

Release Date: July 21st, 2000

DVD Release Date: January 21st, 2003

Not Yet Rated|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

Director: Jem Cohen, Peter Sillen

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Pumpernickel, C-Hundred Film Corp., Gravity Hill Films

Distributors: Cowboy Booking International

Keywords: Fascinating, Underdog, 1990s, 1980s, Engaging

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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.

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

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

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