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A Late Style of Fire

larry levis, american poet

a feature documentary film

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"A lyrical portrait that leaps beautifully from image to word to recollection"

--The Normal School

"Sets the tone for a unique American voice"

--Mill Valley Film Festival

The brilliant writing and troubled life of Californian Larry Levis came to an abrupt halt when he died at age 49. Is self-destruction required for a serious life of art? Featuring an original score by Iron and Wine and film excerpts by award-winning Spanish filmmaker Lois Patiño, this innovative documentary explores his childhood working alongside Mexican-American field hands, three marriages, friendships with America’s greatest poets, and his own words for answers.

Featured poets include US Poet Laureate Philip Levine, US Poet Laureate Charles Wright, Carolyn Forché, David St. John, Carol Muske-Dukes, Norman Dubie, Colleen McElroy, Gerald Stern, Stanley Plumly,

Kathleen Graber, and more.

how to watch the film


1. Invite filmmaker for a screening and Q&A - prices vary depending on location, time of year, and length of stay 

2. Not yet available for purchase 


> 7/15/20, Hudson Valley Writers Center, Sleepy, Hollow, NY

> 5/29/20, Poetry Society of Virginia, details tbd

> 4/11/19, George Mason Univ., 7:30 pm, New Leaves Festival

> 11/8/18, Lees McRae College, Banner Elk, NC.

> 10/24/18, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA 

> 10/20/18, UMD, College Park, MD (Tawes Fine Arts bldg)
> 4/17/18, North Carolina State Univ. Libraries, 7 pm
> 11/9/17, Columbus College of Art & Design

> 10/17/17, Univ. of Utah

> 10/3/17, Univ. of Alabama

> 9/15/17, Knoxville Film Festival

> 9/12/17, Community College of Philadelphia

> 8/23/17, Univ. of AZ Poetry Center, 5:30 pm, the Loft Cinema
​​> 6/22/17, Drew University, 6 pm, LC28.
>​ 6/8/17, LA premiere at LA Greek Film Festival, 5 pm

> 4/7/17, James River Film Fest, 7pm, Visual Arts Center, RVA
> 4/4/17, O, Miami Poetry Festival

> 4/2/17, Palm Beach Poetry Festival, Palm Beach, FL

> ​3/10/17, Ft. Myers Film Festival, 10:30 am

> 3/5/17, Richmond Int'l Film Festival, Movieland, noon

> 11/18/16, 6:30 pm, Tower Theater, Fresno, CA
​> 11/5/16, 3:45 pm, Virginia Film Festival
​> 10/16/16, 11:15 am, Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, CA

> WORLD PREMIERE, Mill Valley Film Festival: Oct. 15th, 8pm, Sequoia Theater, Mill Valley, CA