Tom Jefferson, Sally Hemings and the Marquis de Sade

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 7:30pm
Brecht Forum @ The Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

April 9th, 2014 7:30 PM
Co-sponsored with Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory
Tom Jefferson, Sally Hemings and the Marquis de Sade
Dir: George Spencer | 2013 | 57 mins

The film is about the relationship between de Sade, Jefferson and Sally Hemings. They were all in Paris just before the French Revolution.

Jefferson, with some prodding from de Sade, realizes that he is not a complete person, that he is all thought and is emotionally barren. De Sade takes him on as a student. There are various adventures in Paris. Jefferson writes some very indiscreet letters to de Sade that are a threat to Jefferson’s political career.

Later de Sade visits Jefferson in Virginia and is horrified by what he sees. Torture in a forced labor camp with slaves being worked to death in order to support Jefferson’s sumptuous like style.

Jefferson suspects that de Sade has a more than casual relationship with Sally…

This is a No Budget Mockumentary. It is 57 minutes.

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George Spencer, Director, interviews poets on the Poetry Thin Air Cable Show. He has another cable show that focuses on multimedia artists. His most recent fiction is in Evergreen Review, his most recent poetry in Estrellas en el Fuego. Most recent reading of fiction at KGBBar, of poetry at Phoenix Reading Series. He’s working on a film about Flaubert in Egypt and a documentary about Nick Zedd, creator of The Cinema of Transgression.

John Marcus Powell is a poet/performer and has been an actor for most of his life. After drama school, early years were spent in the English repertory system and then worked in English TV, appearing for 3 years in the English Hospital Series ‘Emergency Ward10.’ In the West End he was in “Man in the Glass Booth’ directed by Harold Pinter, who encouraged him as a writer by arranging for two of his short stories to be published in ‘Transatlantic Review.’ He also understudied Ian Mckellan in ‘The Promise.’ In America he has acted extensively Off Broadway and Off Off Broadway as well as in theatres outside New York.

Robert Roth is the author of Health Proxy and co-creator of And Then magazine. He has given readings and talks in various venues in the U.S. and other countries. He has appeared on many radio and occasional TV shows over the years. Currently a documentary of his life as a writer and political activist is being made. In 1997 he appeared with The Theater of Dreams in a special performance at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe reenacting dreams written by Myrna Nieves.

2013 Play Thomas Jefferson and The Marquis de Sade in Tom, Sally and The Marquis de Sade
2009 Play torture, murder victim in New York Blood
2006 Play cross-dresser in Gilbert's Gift
2006 Play chef in Chocolate Cake
2005 Play murder victim in I Hate You

Veronica Mack began her acting career in high school. Since then she has been active in theater and performance in New York City and in Georgia. This is her first screen appearance.

David Elsasser, photographer, videographer, is a long-time host and participant in the New York poetry open-mic world. His interest in performing his work has been accompanied by an interest in photographing others performing theirs. An exhibition of his poet photos appeared at Tribes Gallery. He is co-publisher and co-editor of NoNetPress.

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