Trailer for the documentary Benjamin Smoke.

Robert Dickerson lived in Cabbagetown, a broken shell of a dead mill town near Atlanta, "home of the go-karts and little kids that go to jail really young, whose parents all do inhalants." A veteran performer from the local punk music scene, the heavy-lidded, emaciated Dickerson, known locally as Benjamin Smoke, rasped like Tom Waits with a two pack-a-day habit, often in drag. Before he died of HIV complications in 1999, heaven magically granted him a fantastic wish, to open for Patti Smith who memorialized him in her song, Death Singing.

Duration
3 min 39 sec

Views
4,440

Posted On
August 29, 2011
Director
Jem Cohen

Writer
Jem Cohen

Studio
Independent

Release
June 6, 2000
Cast
Unknown or Not Available
Trailer Tracks
No Music Available
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