A screening of “A Late Style of Fire: Larry Levis, American Poet” will be presented by the Master of Fine Arts Program in creative writing at Fresno State. The documentary will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday at the Tower Theatre, 815 E. Olive Ave.
The production looks at the life of Larry Levis, one of Fresno State’s most highly decorated authors, who died 20 years ago of a heart attack at the age 49. As a child he worked beside Mexican field hands in Selma, an experience that would influence his writing.
A Fresno State graduate, Levis won the United States Award from the International Poetry Forum and his “The Dollmaker’s Ghost” picked up the top prize at the open competition of the National Poetry Series. His works include “Elegy,” “The Afterlife,” “Wrecking Crew” and “Black Freckles.”
“A Late Style of Fire: Larry Levis, American Poet” is the first feature-length documentary by Michele Poulus. Her screenplay for “Mule Bone Blues” took top honors at the 2010 Virginia Screenwriting Competition. The New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts graduate recently finished co-writing a feature-length romantic comedy about a stand-up comic.
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Her husband, Gregory Donovan, produced the film. The filmmakers will attend the local screening.
Tickets are $10 and available in advance by going to http://bit.ly/LevisTickets. For more information, go to http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/english/degrees-programs/mfa/ or call 559-278-1569.
Jewish film series continues
The next film in the Jewish Film Festival will be “Hunting Elephants” scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Saturday at Temple Beth Israel, 6622 N. Maroa Ave. Tickets ar $8.
“Hunting Elephants” is the story of three elderly men stuck together in a Jerusalem nursing home. A youngster bent on revenge leads the retirees in a comical attempt to rob a bank. The cast includes Patrick Stewart.
The film will be preceded by an episode of “Srugim, “ a TV series from Israel that looks at modern Orthodox Jews and their lifestyle problems.