Film Series Presents “A Place of Truth”

Abigail Mott Pic 1The Hoffman Center for the Arts’ Manzanita Film Series will screen the 2013 feature-length documentary “A Place of Truth” Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Directed by Barrett Rudich, of Portland, the film tells the story of Abigail Mott, a 21-year-old woman traveling from city to city as a nomadic street poet.

Inspired by watching a street poet in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, Mott sets up camp on a city street corner, with chair and typewriter, and offers to write a personalized poem on the spot for passersby.

They decide the subject matter and the fee they’ll pay, and they leave, generally delighted, with a fresh poem all their own.

Mott eventually takes her typewriter to Brooklyn and New Orleans, where she finds a like-minded artists’ community and develops a crush on a fellow poet.

As much about poetry as it is about young romantics in the seemingly impenetrable new economy, “A Place of Truth” offers a case study from the 99%.

The film lasts 65 minutes, and refreshments will be available.

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