Virtual Screening Room: You Never Had It – An Evening With Bukowski



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Wednesday, August 12 at 9:00pm (EST)

Join journalist and producer Silvia Bizio and director Matteo Borgardt for an in depth discussion of Silvia’s evening interviewing Charles Bukowski in 1981 and the making of the extraordinary documentary time capsule of that night, “You Never Had It – An Evening With Bukowski”. Moderated by Slamdance Film Festival Co-founder Peter Baxter.

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Charles Bukowski Turns 100!
A Birthday Celebration Hosted by Matt Dillon
Sunday, August 16 at 3:00pm (EST)

April 16th, 2020 would have been Charles Bukowski’s 100th Birthday. On this special occasion, please join us for a live conversation on the great American writer and poet whose words still resonate so powerfully today — with a few people who’ve attempted to bring some part of Charles Bukowski to the silver screen.

Matt Dillon, who portrayed Bukowski’s alter ego “Hank Chinaski’ in the 2005 film Factotum
Matteo Borgardt and Silvia Bizio, the filmmakers behind the new documentary You Never Had It – An Evening With Bukowski

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2016 • dir Matteo Borgardt w/Charles Bukowski, Silvia Bizio • 53 min

An evening of drinking, smoking, and talking with the irreverent poet Charles Bukowski in his San Pedro, California home in 1981 is recalled after the re-discovery of long-thought-lost videotapes documenting the moment. What had been planned as a brief piece for Italian TV soon devolved into an epic night of boozy conversation with Bukowski and his soon to be wife, Linda Lee Beighle, talking about all kinds of subjects, from writing and writers, to sex, love and humanity. Producer and journalist Silvia Bizio introduces the film by recounting her time with the author and the discovery of an extraordinary time capsule that led to the documentary’s creation. The interview was shot on Umatic tapes which have been digitized and edited along with new Super8 footage of Los Angeles today and poems read by Bukowski. Released in celebration of Bukowski’s 100th birthday – coming up on August 16 – in cooperation with the Slamdance Film Festival.

“A time capsule which captures an iconic American author in his natural state and habitat. This is must see footage for any Bukowski enthusiast.”
– Don Simpson, Hammer To Nail

“Exuberant, surprising and fascinating.”
– Claudio Trionfera, Panorama Magazine (Review in Italian)

“Innovative, visceral, transgressive.”
– Laura Frigerio, GQ Italy (Review in Italian)