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RadioWest and Utah Film Center have partnered to present the best in documentary filmmaking. We talk with established and new directors who are changing the way audiences see the world and then screen their films.

Through the Lens: Lemon

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Tuesday, we continue our documentary series with hip-hop poet Lemon Andersen and the directors of a film about his life and art. Lemon grew up on the streets of Brooklyn and by 15 had lost both of his parents to drugs and AIDS. He was serving time in prison when he discovered poetry and made the improbable journey from three-time felon to Tony Award-winner. But when the lights went down, he was soon back to the hustle. LEMON chronicles his struggle to leave the past behind and stage a comeback.

  • If you missed our screening of LEMON - you can watch it on PBS stations around the country on Friday, October 19th. It will air on KUED Channel 7 at 9:00 p.m. Click here for more information.
  • The film will be available on DVD October 16th. Order your copy here
  • Lemon Andersen's memoir County of Kings is available in paperback and for Kindle.

RadioWest and the Utah Film Center will present a free screening of LEMON on Wednesday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in downtown Salt Lake City. For more information, click here.

LEMON the Movie - Official Trailer from Dandelion Films on Vimeo.

Guests:

Lemon Andersen is a poet/performer. He won a Tony Award in 2003 for Def Poetry Jam. His autobiographical memoir County of Kings was produced by Spike Lee at the Public Theater. It has since been staged across the US and in Europe and South Africa.

Laura Brownson and Beth Levison produced and directed LEMON. The documentary is their first collaboration together - though they have a combined three decades of filmmaking experience.

Music from Today's RadioWest:

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.