Member Screening:
The God Given Talent

Friday, May 15, 6pm to Sunday, May 17, 8pm

Now and then, we offer a little perk for those who contribute to Rain Taxi. While we’re all spending a little bit more time at home than usual, we are pleased to present an online screening of a new documentary about a fascinating poet and visual artist, Charles Curtis Blackwell. We hope you’ll join us in watching it!


The God Given Talent: The Creative Life of Charles Curtis Blackwell is a 70-minute tribute to the resilience of the human spirit amidst adversity. Inspired by Gordon Parks, whose “choice of weapons”was the camera, Blackwell picked up the pen and the brush to confront racism, disability, homelessness, and “capitalism at its finest” on the streets of Oakland, CA, becoming “a quintessential jazz poet” in the process. Watch the trailer here.


This special screening allows Rain Taxi members and subscribers to watch at their leisure at this Exclusive Vimeo Link, anytime from Friday, May 15th at 6pm to Sunday May 17th at 8pm (Central Time). Simply email us by Thursday May 14 to indicate you’d like to see the film, and we’ll send all participants the code to enter to unlock it. Not yet a Member? Become a Member today, and you’ll be all set!

This is a free perk for our Members, offered in collaboration with the good folks at JMG Films. If you enjoy the documentary and would like to send the filmmakers a few bucks, you can do so here.


We’d love to hear your thoughts — drop us a line after you watch and name your favorite moment from the film, and you’ll be entered to win a copy of a the Rain Taxi chapbook of your choice!