And When I Die, I Won’t Stay Dead

And When I Die, I Won’t Stay Dead

A film by Billy Woodberry | 2016 | 89 minutes

Embodying the spirit of his poems, the new film from Billy Woodberry, director of BLESS THEIR LITTLE HEARTS, is a vivid appreciation of Bob Kaufman, the legendary Beat figure, featuring interviews with his contemporaries, readings, rare photos and footage, and a soundtrack with the likes of Billie Holiday and Ornette Coleman.


“One of the monstrous failings of American cinema is how it has neglected most of the best black filmmakers. Among the many careers that have been stifled is that of Billy Woodberry whose first feature, the drama BLESS THEIR LITTLE HEARTS was completed in 1983. His only feature in the nearly four decades since then is AND WHEN I DIE, I WONT STAY DEAD, a daring and accomplished documentary about the poet Bob Kaufman…. Woodberry finds an original way to evoke Kaufman’s remarkable life and work. He gives the impression of bringing to the surface dormant treasures after long hours of watching and pondering, and, with his ardently analytical and associative editing, he brings them back to life.”
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“An oral biography nimbly combining rich, varied archival footage with talking-head present-day interviews. The doc marks a welcome and overdue comeback for Woodberry some 31 years after his sole drama feature BLESS THEIR LITTLE HEARTS.”
— The Hollywood Reporter