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DVD Release: 10/16/2012

  • Grades: 9-12
  • College/University
  • Adult
  • Social Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Poetry
  • Literature
  • Art

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Phone: 1-800-743-9182


  • Length: 83 minutes
  • Directors: Laura Brownson, Beth Levison
  • Executive Producer: Russell Simmons
  • Cast: Lemon Andersen,Marilyn Andersen,David Kener,Oskar Eustis,Mandy Hackett,Jennifer Barnette,Peter Quinones,Wynn Handman,Elise Thoron,Lou Da Barber,Winston “Win” Vasquez,Heaven Andersen,Shine Andersen,Spike Lee.

A three-time felon and one-time Tony Award winner, Lemon Andersen’s deeply personal art reflects his rough upbringing on the streets of Brooklyn. After losing both parents to drugs and eventually AIDS, Lemon discovered poetry while serving time. Through raw talent and unstoppable drive, he found himself on Broadway, starring in Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam. But when the show closed, he lost everything and moved his wife and two small daughters back to the projects to live with thirteen family members.

Desperate for a way out, he turns to the only things he has left, his pen and his past. LEMON follows one man’s three-year journey to adapt his life story for the New York stage while battling his darkest demons. It brings to life the anguish of a generation of men clinging to the margins but fighting for something more. A beautifully crafted film that features a surprise turn by Spike Lee and music by hip-hop phenoms Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Aloe Blacc.

  • DVD UPC: 881394116528
  • CLS Catalog: CLS1165
"The film is beautifully shot, turning brutal housing project architecture into visual poetry and making the cavernous black-walled performance spaces appropriately inviting and daunting."
- Dan Cerruti,
"...a portrait of a man clinging desperately to his dream, a volatile but talented person hoping to get the one big break that will vault him out of society’s lower rungs."
- Lewis Beale, NY Daily News
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  • Buy $150 - Public Performance (Non-Profits/K-12)
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dvd extras

Additional Performances, Deleted Scenes, Outtakes, Trailers

awards, festivals, and screenings
  • Arrêts Sur Images - Brussels, Belgium (2007)
  • Rwanda Film Festival - Kigali, Rwanda (2007)
  • Montreal Human Rights Film Festival - Montreal, Canada (2007)
  • Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival - Greenfield, MA (2007)
  • Human Rights Film Festival - Gaborone, Botswana (2007)
  • Seattle Amnesty International Film Festival – Seattle, WA (2007)
  • Terres des Hommes - Cognac & Angouleme, France (2007)
  • Global Justice Film Festival - Bradford, UK (2007)
  • 7 Islands International Film Festival - Mumbai, India (2007)
  • Karachi International Film Festival - Karachi, Pakistan (2006)
  • Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival - Ft. Lauderdale, FL (2006)
  • Global Visions Film Festival - Alberta, Canada (2006)
  • International Human Rights Documentary Festival - Glasgow, Scotland (2006)
  • Amnesty International Film Festival - Toronto, Canada (2006)
  • Museum of Television and Radio Documentary Festival - New York, NY (2006)
  • 2006 New Hampshire Film Expo - Portsmouth, NH (2006)
  • Vermont International Film Festival - Burlington, VT (2006)
  • Calgary International Film Festival – Calgary & Alberta, Canada (2006)
  • TriContinental Film Festival – South Africa (2006)
  • Yerevan International Golden Apricot Film Festival - Armenia (2006)
  • Southside Film Festival - Bethlehem, PA (2006)
  • Norwegian Documentary Film Festival - Volda, Norway (2006)
  • New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival - New Orleans, LA (2006)
  • Human Rights Film Festival of Paris - Paris, France (2006)
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival - Ann Arbor, MI (2006)
  • Westchester International Film Festival - Westchester, NY (2006)