Movies That Changed Saul Williams

Saul Williams is a badass dude. The 45-year-old musician, poet, writer, actor and activist overflows with creation and collaboration. He has starred in films such as Slam (1998) and Today (2012), performed on Colbert, held the lead role in a Tupac-inspired Broadway show, and his Tiny Desk concert was deemed the “most potent in our eight-year history” by NPR. Now you can find out what inspired him, at least cinematically.

Saul and his wife Anisia Uzeyman came through the Bay Area last year on tour for Uzeyman’s film Dreamstates, of which he is the star, and they each graciously blessed us with some insight to their minds.

For your convenience, an annotated list of films/directors mentioned below:
0:14 – Mary Poppins – Dir. Robert Stevenson – 1964
0:19 – The Shining – Dir. Stanley Kubrick – 1980
0:44 – Mary Poppins – Dir. Robert Stevenson – 1964
0:50 – Jesus Christ Superstar – 1970
1:18 – Naked – Dir. Mike Leigh – 1993
1:45 – Slam – Marc Levin – 1998
1:52 – Wong Kar-Wai
2:11 – Farewell My Concubine – Dir. Chen Kaige – 1993
2:22 – What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? – Dir. Lasse Hallström – 1993
3:01 – Spike Lee
3:18 – Oliver Stone
4:22 – Andrei Tarkovsky
4:24 – Pier Paolo Pasolini
4:29 – Gloria – Dir. John Cassavetes – 1980
Producer – Theo Schear, http://www.theoschear.com
Art Direction – Kevin Descardes, https://www.behance.net/KevinDescardes
Music – Shruggs, https://soundcloud.com/shrggs

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