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Outlaw Poet: A documentary film on Ron Whitehead

The true story of a Kentucky farm boy who travels the world with poem & the people he's met along the way.

Outlaw Poet: A documentary film on Ron Whitehead

The true story of a Kentucky farm boy who travels the world with poem & the people he's met along the way.

$1,350
pledged of $100,000pledged of $100,000 goal
6
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, April 28 2011 1:02 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated April 28, 2011

About

The cinema verite story of Outlaw Poet and king of the underground Ron Whitehead. This feature length documentary film will be a journey through Ron’s life; from driving 60-miles an hour at 3 a.m. through the streets of Louisville, in reverse, with Hunter S. Thompson, to his relationships with Beat Generation juggernauts, complete with an introspective look at his childhood growing up on a farm in rural Ohio County western Kentucky where Bill Monroe birthed Bluegrass Music, Ron & Johnny Depp both birthed in Owensboro Kentucky.

Through images, interviews, and Ron’s own words, the story of Ron Whitehead will be documented as he travels to Iceland to share his latest book The Storm Generation Manifesto and on parting, the wilderness poems (produced by Gill Scott Holland’s Holland Brown Books www.hollandbrownbooks.com). He’ll read “The Viking Mountain” and “The Storm Generation Manifesto” atop The Viking Mountain plus readings from San Francisco crossing the USA to New York City to Ireland and Scotland and England and The Netherlands and Belgium and Italy and Germany and India and Nicaragua and Argentina and Beyond.

The film will include interviews & appearances from: Anita Thompson, Douglas Brinkley, Frank Messina, Birgitta Jonsdottir, Michael Dean Odin Pollock, Olafur Gunnarson (Iceland's leading novelist), David Amram, Black Pig Liberation Front and many more. Plus music from the Nappy Roots and other (big surprises abound) major bands/musicians.

Whitehead scorches the earth with his own brand of poetry, prose, and ancient wisdom. The visionary icon has lived life on his own terms. Leaving his family farm at the vulnerable age of 17, Ron struck out to discover the world – his world, his way. Through his inventive gifted hard-earned use of poemed verse, prose, and fire-breathing talks/readings performances and his unique raw indigenous force of nature lightninged spirit, Ron Whitehead’s journey through life has become a road map for the rest of us. As Ron enters his sixth decade of the journey, he seeks to continually perpetually eternally relentlessly uplift and inspire all he comes in contact with to comfort and heal all who suffer to awaken all and everything to the awareness that ultimately essentially forgiveness is amazing grace that peace love and understanding and fearlessly being our dream whatever our dreams might be and that regardless of the odds of the circumstances that ultimately life is a terribly beautifully gifted adventure an opportunity to grow our souls. Via his spectrum of creative works which include the spectrum all genres of the arts in his world travels he encourages everyone to come out of whatever closet(s) they’re fearfully hiding in and to find and be their dreams.

Ron is a gentle soul. His enlarged heart is bigger than he is. He respects and honors everyone’s beautiful differences while recognizing that we all regardless of any cultural, social, sexual, economic, political, ethnic, religious, spiritual, and creative differences we all have more in common than different. He is always searching for and finding that common ground. He recognizes that open honest dialogue – sharing the poems, stories, songs, events of our lives we come clean we find our own voice at every level of being and expression we become our ever changing evolving growing transforming true selves. We no longer have anything to fearfully hide. No matter where we’ve come from or what we’ve done no matter how many times we’ve failed. By saying that failure has been and is his greatest success he adds that everything is our teacher every experience event person good bad ugly and that if we pay attention to our so called failures, which are our best teachers best opportunities to grow, then eventually we’ll quit missing the mark, which is what sin meant originally, before guilt and shame were added, so whatever powers that be could can control, if we pay close attention to our failures we will recognize that they are gifts and by developing our determined will power we can and will inevitably grow from them.

Don’t ever mistake Ron’s kindness for weakness. He is a fierce warrior who has no fear of anyone and regardless of any and all circumstances all odds and while simultaneously paradoxically understanding that love really is that truth really is a pathless land and we all have to find our way to what that means for each of us that being a fierce fearless front line spiritual creative lightninged spiritual creative warrior relentlessly taking it to the streets homes individuals round the world leading guiding himself and whoever else is bold fearless enough he perpetually embarks into the unknown and he won’t take any shit off anybody. He was raised by a 10th degree bad-ass 10th degree smart-ass, his Father, who taught him how to fight and to kill before the age of 10 none of which Ron wanted to have any part of understanding that there must be a better more peaceful loving way. And simultaneous to his Dad’s teachings, the use of which are still too often necessary, his Mother provided the teachings of forgiving of giving (without anticipation of reciprocation) of tolerance of peace love and understanding. Ron loves both his parents with all his being and is thankful in every way for both of them. His Father crossed over a year and a half ago.Within three months 15 of his friends crossed over. All of which pulled the emotional rug out from under him. But he’s been an outsider an underdog all his life and regardless of how many times he’s fallen refusing to bow down refusing to ever never give up he works (he prefers to call it lightninged passion) relentlessly 24/7 to heal himself and rise again. He’s back on his feet and back in the ring. The phoenix rises again. Higher than ever. Miracles abound. He’s back in Louisville in his Cherokee Road hermitage while traveling the world more than ever. Breathing fire breathing alchemically crucibled lightninged poems. One of the last great truth tellers. Having been blessed with an army of angelic mentors and mind blowing miracled experiences he has mentored thousands and continues to.

STOCK POSTER #1 Photo by: Deborah Fuller

TEASER POSTER #2 Photo by: Divinity Rose

Ron's life and work has been recognized praised by: Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Hunter S. & Anita Thompson, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, The Oracle of Tibet, William S. Burroughs, Yevgeny Yevteshenko/Russia, Seamus Heaney/Ireland, Wendell Berry, Diane di Prima, Amiri Baraka, Gregory Corso, Herbert Huncke, Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders, Douglas Brinkley, Robert Hunter/The Grateful Dead, Jim Carroll, Bono/U2, Lee Ranaldo & Thurston Moore/Sonic Youth, Cameron Crowe & Nancy Wilson, David Amram, Vassar Clemens, Frank Messina/The Mets Poet, Tony Broy, David Thomas/Pere Ubu, Al Aronowitz, A3, Carolyn Cassady, John Cassady, Jerry Cimino, Gerald Nicosia, James Grauerholz, John Giorno, Marc Smith/founder of SLAM Poetry, Miguel Algarin/Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe/NYC, Bob Holman/put SLAM on global map/Bowery Poetry Club/NYC, Steve Cannon/Gathering of The Tribes/NYC, Charlie Newman/Chicago, Steve Dalachinsky/NYC’s Jazz Poet, Richard Hell/Television, George McGovern, John Sinclair, Nick & Helen Forrestor (Etown), Bob Edwards, Chief Arvol Looking Horse/Chief of The Lakota Nakota Dakota Great Sioux Nation & Bearer of The Sacred White Buffalo Pipe, Gregory Chaney/creator of The Revolutionary Theatre of The Divine Imagination, Jonsi & Sigur Ros, JHilmar Orn Hilmarsson HOH/Iceland’s High Priest of World Paganism/Masters most of Bjork’s CDs, Jim James/My Morning Jacket, Bragi Olafsson/Sugarcubes, Geir Svansson/Iceland’s main translator, Olafur Gunnarsson/Iceland’s leading novelist, Michael Pollock/Utangardsmenn/Outsiders voted Iceland’s Best Rock Band of 20th Century, Oli Palli/Program Manager Radio Iceland Voted Iceland’s Most Important Radio Personality of 20th Century, Theo Dorgan/founder Poetry Ireland/creator of THE BOOK OF IRELAND, Eithne Strong/Matriarch of Irish women poets writers, John Fitzgerald/Director Boole Library Cork University, Eimear O’Connor/multi-media artist has done art for many of her sister Sinead’s record covers, Tigh Fili/Cork’s main cultural centre, Sean Callahan/Ireland, Frank McCourt, Rand Brandes/Head of English Dept Lenoir-Rhyne College/Seamus Heaney biographer, Maria Ines Mogaburu/Argentina/psychiatrist/translator of Ron’s work into Spanish, Blanca Castellon/Nicaragua, Ernesto Cardenal/Nicaragua, Lucia Loureiro/professor scholar Portugal, IRIS/Portugal’s leading world dancer, Edwin Salinas/Nicaragua, Nicasio Urbana/Nicaragua & professor Modern Languages Univ Cincinnati, Jeremy Dixon, Merle Travis, The Everly Brothers, Jeremy Podgursky/composer/The Pennies, Christopher Seal/composer/The Dancing Nobody Movement, Peter D. Pecere/composer, Suzette Henke/world renowned author scholar on James Joyce Virginia Woolf Women’s Studies, Delinda Buie/Director Rare Books & Archives Ekstrom Library Univ Louisville main repository of Ron’s work past present future cataloguing thousands of works already held six exhibits working towards major exhibit with feature full length catalog, Tom Johnstone/Shaman of The Wolf Clan, Michael Fitzpatrick/cellist/COMPASSION CD/tours performs with The Dalai Lama/Oracle of Tibet & more, Ken & Sheila/The Rudyard Kipling, MEGAS/Iceland’s legendary singer/songwriter/like Haldor Laxness (Iceland’s only Nobel recipient/Ron has read in Iceland with Laxness’ granddaughter) MEGAS & Olafur Gunnarsson both deserve Nobel in Literature, Jan Pankow/The Netherlands, Troy Teegarden, Bart Droog/Netherlands, Marlon Pollock & Tonya Pollock & Ivar Orn/Iceland/3 of best electronica techno rap hip hop dj graffiti artists on planet, Lorena Lobita Wolfman/translator of many Ron’s works into Spanish/artist poet dancer healer/San Francisco, Annie McClanahan, Birgitta Jonsdottir/world activist/member Iceland Parliament/her mother Bergthora(sic) Arnadottir legendary folk singer songwriter Iceland, Thor/one of Iceland’s alltime greatest poets, Casey Cyr/Connecticut, Rich Martin/Rhode Island, Denis Mahoney/Tariq Zayid/Black Pig Liberation Front/Boston, Mike Watt/Minutemen Porno for Pyros Iggy & Stooges & more, Rinaldo Rasa/Italy, Annalisa Papaleo/Italy, Rob Zoschke/Chicago Wisconsin, Norb Blei/Chicago Wisconsin, David Minton/California, Louis Bickett II, Ray Rizzo, Dean McClain, Danny O’Bryan, James Still, Tyrone Cotton, Jackie Sheeler/NYC, Ralph Stevens/NYC, Mike McHugh/NYC, Ekayani/NYC Miami, Hersch Silvermann/New Jersey, Jeremy Hogan/California Indiana, Gurney Norman, Tim Krekel, Dan Reed, Steve Ferguson, Warren Zevon, Todd Autry/Poet Laureate of Bluegrass Music/just completed brilliant play and screenplay of Ron’s BEAVER DAM ROCKING CHAIR MARATHON (which he’s gonna film), Jack Shea/produced most brilliant brutally compassionately honest film on Kerouac yet WHO OWNS JACK KEROUAC/founder director of Scotland’s film school out of which TRAINSPOTTING birthed, Colin Shaddick/one of England’s leading poets, Keith Armstrong/Newcastle-on-Tyne England, Richard Deakin/author playwright film director producer/London England, Kevin Ring/Beat Scene/world’s best monthly BEAT Generation mag/England, Valentine Cunningham/author/Head of English Literature Oxford England, George Ella Lyon, Patti Brand/California, Billy Bob Thornton, Muhammad Ali, Bubbi Morthens/one of Iceland’s most popular singers & main boxing announcer, Geir Svansson/Iceland’s leading translator/Director Iceland’s New Museum of Art/Professor Author Scholar, Jon Cook, Russel Hulsey, Shelley Vaughn Hora, J. B. Wilson, Scott Mullins, Michael Young, Leslie Lyons/NYC Kentucky, Paul K/Godfather of Rock/Detroit NYC Kentucky, Christian Hansen/NY Times photographer/filmmaker/Brooklyn Kentucky, Zoe Artemis/NYC Greece, George Wallace/Long Island NYC, Jeffrey Lee Puckett, Gill Scott Holland, Sarah Epstein/Washington DC/world’s largest private collection of work by Edvard Munch donated to Smithsonian/women’s rights activist, Harald Naess/former Head Scandinavian Studies Univ Wisconsin author editor focus on Nobel author Knut Hamsun/Norway, Joe Slavin, Leon Driskell, Jordan Green/North Carolina, James Baker Hall, Richard Taylor, Gray Zeitz, Frederick Smock, Brother Patrick Hart, Robert Lax, Xavier Noel/France Portugal Greece, Wilfred Holdenen/Finland Norway Portugal, William Sovern, David Daley, Thomas Nord, John Rocco/author scholar music critic has reviewed many of Ron’s work nominated him for Nobel/NYC, President Jimmy Carter, Cia White, William McKeen/Head Journalism School Univ Florida author of best bio yet on Hunter S. Thompson: OUTLAW JOURNALIST: The Life & Times of Hunter S. Thompson, R. B. Morris/former Poet in Residence Univ Tennessee poet singer songwriter extraordinaire/toured with John Prine Lucinda Williams man more, Tom House/one of best original voice singer songwriters on planet/many cds/Nashville, Duncan Barlow, Rob Pennington, Tyrone Cotton, John King, Scott Shuffitt, Scott Mertz, Andy Cook, RAMU, Frank X Walker, Crystal Wilkinson, Mike B, Mama Yaa, Truth B Told, Divinity Rose, Matthew Wallace/Lotus Blake, John Gage, John Yarmuth, J. K. McKnight, Gatewood Galbraith, Dea Riley, Leah Maines, Gene Williams, Dan Barth/California/City of 10,000 Buddhas, Dan Roberts/California, Randy Wayne White/NYTimes BestSelling author Doc Ford Series/Florida, Virginia Thompson, Juan Thompson, Sargent Shriver, Rachel Kapitan/Florida, Joe Pasquale/Florida, Joseph Petrolloni III, Jim Irsay/Indianapolis Colts/Kerouac’s ON THE ROAD scroll/poet musician, Jim Canary/Bloomington/restorer caretaker of Kerouac’s ON THE ROAD SCROLL, Sallie Moore, Didi de Paris/Belgium’s leading poet writer, Mark Reese/award winning filmmaker author/Los Angeles, Christopher Felver/internationally renowned photographer documentary filmmaker/California NYC, John Updike, Douglas Brinkley, Amiri Baraka, James Laughlin, Richard Kain, Richard Ellman, Gary Olson & Frannie Naess, Yoko Ono, Rita Dove, Brother Paul Quenon, Julius Friedman & Cheryl Chapman, Brother Patrick Hart, Robert Lax, Jim Carroll, John Tytell, Ed McClanahan, Jim Wayne Miller, Kent Fielding, Jean Ritchie, Johnny Depp, Rani Newman, Dylan Whitehead, Michael Madsden, John Ventimiglia, Sarah Elizabeth Burkey, and many others.

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