7.5/10
211
5 user 8 critic

Benjamin Smoke (2000)

This highly unorthodox documentary follows the crooked path of Benjamin (no last name). He lives in a hidden neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia called "Cabbagetown." Drag-queen, speed-freak, ... See full summary »

Directors:

Jem Cohen, Peter Sillen
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Benjamin Dickerson Benjamin Dickerson ... Self (as Benjamin)
Tim Campion Tim Campion ... Smoke Perkussion
Brian Halloran Brian Halloran ... Smoke Cello
Coleman Lewis Coleman Lewis ... Smoke Guitar
Bill Taft Bill Taft ... Smoke Trumpet / Banjo
Patti Smith ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Deacon Lunchbox Deacon Lunchbox ... Self (archive footage)
Learn more

More Like This 

Chain (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

As regional character disappears and corporate culture homogenizes our surroundings, it's increasingly hard to tell where you are. Actual malls, theme parks, hotels and corporate centers ... See full summary »

Director: Jem Cohen
Stars: Miho Nikaido, Mira Billotte, Tarik O'Regan
Museum Hours (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When a Vienna museum guard befriends an enigmatic visitor, the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum becomes a mysterious crossroads that sparks explorations of their lives, the city, and the ways in which works of art reflect and shape the world.

Director: Jem Cohen
Stars: Mary Margaret O'Hara, Bobby Sommer, Ela Piplits
Counting (2015)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Fifteen distinct but interconnected chapters, shot in locations from Russia to New York City to Istanbul. Together, these build to a reckoning at the intersection of city symphony, diary, ... See full summary »

Director: Jem Cohen
Instrument (1999)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A collaboration between filmmaker Jem Cohen and the Washington D.C. band Fugazi, covering the 10 year period of 1987-1996. Far from a traditional documentary, this is a musical document; a ... See full summary »

Director: Jem Cohen
Stars: Brendan Canty, Joe Lally, Ian MacKaye
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Seventy 60 second single-takes, one feature film. 70 contributors who are special to The Cube joined forces to make one extraordinary feature film that helped secure the future of the building where the cinema has lived since 1998.

Directors: Jennifer Abbott, Craig Baldwin, and 20 more credits »
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A portrait of Southend-on-Sea, a town along England's Thames estuary, that includes everyday streets, people, birds, water, mud and sky.

Director: Jem Cohen
The 8 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

In June 2009, Tamaas, an international non-profit arts organization, invited eight poets and filmmakers coming from France, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, and the United States, to Tangier, ... See full summary »

Directors: Natalia Almada, Ivan Boccara, and 6 more credits »
Certificate: GP Drama | History | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Anton Ludvik, aka Gerard, is vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia. He realizes he is watched and followed. One day, he is arrested and put into jail, in solitary confinement. ... See full summary »

Director: Costa-Gavras
Stars: Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Gabriele Ferzetti
Buried in Light (Video 1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Director: Jem Cohen
Edit

Storyline

This highly unorthodox documentary follows the crooked path of Benjamin (no last name). He lives in a hidden neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia called "Cabbagetown." Drag-queen, speed-freak, all-around renegade, Benjamin left the straight (in every sense of the word) world behind a long time ago.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

What is the sound of the queer southern blues?

Genres:

Documentary

User Reviews

Cabbagetown's Unsung Local Boy Hero
18 June 2001 | by SchlockmeisterSee all my reviews

Interesting portrait of an Atlanta musician/drag queen/poet/life live-er. If you have lived in Atlanta and are aware of the local music scene, several familiar names will arise. Several of the musicians are still performing, unfortunately the subject of this documentary is not. Great look at Cabbagetown pre-yuppiefied ambiance when it really was a true seedy white trash neighborhood filled with hard people on go-carts. It was the only sort of neighborhood that could have birthed this sort of artist. I am not sure how long the cameras followed Benjamin around, it looks like it may have been a couple of years as we see him at home in Cabbagetown, then on to assisted living in an apartment. Great concert footage, including one of the high points in Smoke's career, a chance to open for Patti Smith at Atlanta's Variety Playhouse. To see Benjamin backstage, you have to wonder how much of the experience he was truly aware of. It's the kind of documentary that gets you under the skin of an eccentric person, I would also recommend "The Cruise", a portrait of New York Tour bus director Timothy "Speed" Levitch, if you enjoy this sort of thing. Great ending to this film. Patti reads a poem she wrote for Benjamin, a man who discovered her LP "Horses" while he was living out in the country, it changed his life. That Patti was even aware of him or his music and could quote lines from his songs filled Benjamin with amazement. You don't have to be from Atlanta to enjoy this. It is worth seeking out and settling in with. Recommended!


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 2000 (USA) See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,183, 23 July 2000

Gross USA:

$37,111

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,111
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.



Recently Viewed