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Release Date: November 29,2022

Join The Nightlight on Sunday, December 4th, for an afternoon Happening with Christopher Felver

November 29, 2022, Akron, Ohio — The Nightlight will be screening Christopher's films Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder and Spirit of Golf alongside selected short films with spirited and insightful discussions between films. There will be drinks, camaraderie, and conversations about everything from Beat Poetry & John Cage to Dennis Hopper & golf!

Sunday, December 4th at 1 pm, FREE event (donations encouraged)

Christopher Felver is a prolific cultural documentarian from Akron, Ohio. Felver's films & photographs read like a roster of American mid-century avant-garde. His distinctive visual signature is a lasting contribution to the legacy of our national cultural community.

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the New York Public Library, and the Museum of Fine Art in Boston have presented retrospectives of his films: John Cage Talks About Cows, Cecil Taylor: All the Notes, West Coast: "Beat & Beyond," Taken by the Romans, Donald Judd's Marfa Texas, Tony Cragg: In Celebration of Sculpture, California Clay in the Rockies, and The Coney Island of Lawrence Ferlinghetti. He participated in the 53rd Venice International Film Festival. His work is collected in libraries and museums worldwide.

2009, 73 minutes

In this definitive documentary, director Christopher Felver crafts an incisive, sharply wrought portrait that reveals Ferlinghetti's role as a catalyst for numerous literary careers and the Beat movement itself. One-on-one interviews with Ferlinghetti, made over the course of a decade, touch upon a rich melange of characters and events that began to unfold in postwar America. Since its inception in 1953, Ferlinghetti's City Lights Bookstore quickly became an iconic literary institution that embodied social change and literary freedom. It continues to thrive for over five decades and is a cornerstone of America's modern literary and cultural history.


In this one-of-a-kind film, Spirit of Golf, Chris Felver has taken on a quest for what makes the game so intriguing and appealing despite being perhaps the most difficult game to play well. Felver, himself hooked for a lifetime on the game, has delved deeply into this intriguing story with the most comprehensive, fascinating film ever produced on the old Scotsgame. Is it the connection with nature, its courses shaped out of the great diversity of the world's landscapes, and not one like any other? How about the magical thrill of hitting a small ball on a wondrous trajectory at least once? One way or another, it is not a long walk spoiled.

The Nightlight is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit movie theater dedicated to bringing people together through a shared cinema experience. The Nightlight is located at 30 North High Street in downtown Akron. Contact Jenn Kidd at or at (330) 371-3855.