TrustMovies had never heard of Lemon Andersen, the light-skinned and even blond (when he was a child), baby-faced Hispanic rap poet who first made his artistic mark as part of Russell Simmons' Broadway show Def Poetry Jam back in 2003. Actually, Lemon first made his mark in prison (his mug shots are shown below), as a three-time felon who only later became a one-time Tony Award-winner. One way this quite interesting documentary might have been even more interesting is to have allowed us to find out a bit more about Lemon's various felonies. But clearly, this young man wants to concentrate (and wants us to concentrate) on his future rather than his past.
maybe/could-happen-if production might eventually take place.
Spike Lee gets a lot of credit here); we're with him rehearsing and then performing on opening night -- his poem Watch Me! is absolutely electric; we're with Marilyn (shown below), too, as as she goes to school for, and then finds gainful employment as, a licensed masseuse; we're at their daughter's birthday party as Lemon is suddenly taken back to the old life as he confronts a birthday present for his daughter that still has its "shoplifting" alarm attached to it; and we meet Lemon's older, estranged brother and see the two siblings individually trying to come to terms with each other.
PBS culture series, Voces, this coming Friday, October 19. From Cinema Libre Studio, the DVD comes complete with special features that include additional performances by Mr. Andersen, deleted scenes, outtakes and a Lemon trailer.