Updated: Aug 29
Poet t.l. sanders to bring his art house film, The kNew Born, to the Olathe, KS. Congrats to our 2019-2020 poet in residence who has created a film based on his book, Knew the Poetic Screenplay. Join this special screening to witness the birth of faith, of fears, and the fate of finding forgiveness.
Come see the knew born. Click here to view the trailer of The kNew-Born.
Olathe, Kansas, January 18 at 6:00 P.M. – Olathe Indian Creek Library will be hosting a screening of the art house film The kNew-Born followed by a Q&A with Poet. The kNew-Born invites viewers to experience conscientious compassion for a convict slash drug addict who craves a connection with his children. Known as “The Dean'' of the state penitentiary—Terry, a prodigious felon and a prodigal father, is offered another chance to earn parole. Over the years, his violent crimes against prison staff and fellow inmates, his continuous abuse and distribution of drugs and contraband, and his blatant disregard for prison rules have prevented any possibility of release. Now, as he seeks freedom, Terry hopes; he strives; he reaches out from within to become a better man than he has ever been. With coercive coaching from a crazy counselor named Dr. Dennis, might Terry win this fight against himself?
The Birth of the Backstory
The culmination of this work is profound when one considers how each character was conceived from individual poems. In 2018, editor Polly Alice McCann asked Poet for the story behind the poetry. During that same year, the birth of kNew: The Poetic Screenplay was inspired by the death of Poet’s father, who died of a heroin overdose. That summer the work grew into a one-person, six-character one-hour, award-winning live show performed at KC Fringe 2019. Two years later, Poet delivered The kNew-Born. While the poetic screenplay is about the son, Dr. James Dean. The recent arthouse film, The kNew-Born, is about the father--Terry Dean.
Find out what's happening next. Currently, Poet is creating the next install of The kNew-Born.
www.Poettlsanders.com. What did reviewers say?
“Without pity and with a clear gaze, Poet t.l. sanders brings a deep and compassionate vision to the human cost of problems most of us only read about in the news: the incarceration of Black men; the costs of addiction; the heartbreak of children growing up without fathers,” writes reviewer Barbara Dooley.
“Intense, gripping . . . a one-two punch . . . written in fire and delivered with thunder." ~reviewer, Kelly Luck.
"Equally as riveting as For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange." ~ Victor En Yu Tan, UMKC professor of lighting.
The caliber of his creativity, stage presence, and delivery deserve to be elevated to a broader stage and audience-Look out Broadway, this is one for you! I'm reminded of the phenomenal 1975 theater performance of Tony Perkins in "Equus." An absolutely masterful show that most certainly IS the BEST of the BEST!~Teresa Bronston Mckinley
Poet’s book will be available for purchase. $10 dollars each. You can't miss this!!!!
Author Poet t.l. sanders created 'kNew' a unique one-person poetrical show over the course of the 2019 Fringe Fest thanks to a 2019 poet in residency with Flying Ketchup Press. Out of 75 performances, the one-man show won the Producer's Pick Award.
"Go see it! Poet t.l. sanders' kNew program is masterful! This is probably the highest quality performance I've seen in my 9 years of Fringe attendance-- don't miss it! Powerful, beautifully acted, and a testament to perseverance and determination for a chance at a genuine life," writes Laura Marcus Mountjoy.
Sanders is an educational speaker and a spoken word artist at many state events and conferences. Find him on YouTube under Bethephenom and on Twitter @PoetTLSanders or www.poetTLSanders.com.
Poet t.l. Sanders. A modern-day renaissance man who lives to build minds and loves to body build. He speaks French. He plays bass. He is a cage-fighting martial artist. He educates. Give him a stage, he articulates. Lend him an ear, he motivates. He is a National Writing Project Teacher Consultant, a current curriculum director, and a former elementary, middle, and high school English teacher. Poet embraces the value of our shared stories. Whether he is public speaking, teaching, writing or breathing, he has a passion for empowering people. His goal is to inspire, evolve, and expand language one word at a time.
What did reviewers think of kNew: The Poetic Screenplay?
kNew is a powerful storytelling performance that will leave you astounded by Sanders' unparalleled talent as a writer and performer. The caliber of his creativity, stage presence, and delivery deserve to be elevated to a broader stage and audience-Look out Broadway. This is one for you! I'm reminded of the phenomenal 1975 theater performance of Tony Perkins in "Equus." An absolutely masterful show that most certainly IS the BEST of the BEST!
~Teresa Bronston Mckinley
Title: The kNew-Born
Dates of Show: July 18, to August 1, 2021
Artist Talks: Recordings on our Poetry Radio Show
Genre: Drama, Film, Music, Spoken Word
Ratings: Parental Guidance
Warnings: Adult Language, Other - Drug Use
Run Time: 51 minutes