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Filmmaker Matt Wolf returns to this iconic poem in his film I Remember: A Film About Joe Brainard. His archival montage combines audio recordings of Brainard reading from the poem, as well as an interview with his lifelong friend and collaborator, the poet Ron Padgett. The result is an inventive biography of Joe Brainard, and an elliptical dialog about friendship, nostalgia, and the strange wonders of memory.
I'm from Tulsa and discovered Joe about 15 years ago. I was fortunate to find and purchase several of his collages and one massive assemblage. I was also fortunate to meet and visit his family-- 2 brothers, a sister and brother-in-law. To know them is to understand something of Joe Brainard's genius. They regard him still as a beautiful spirit in and of the family. I'm old and one of my regrets is that I never met him.
This film was shown a few years ago when the Circle Theatre staged a tribute to Brainard. His family, Ron Padgett (sp.?) and a host of old friends were there. The Circle is about 4 blocks from Whittier Elementary and doubtless Joe Brainard attended matinees in this old theatre.