The Film

Paul Goodman was once so ubiquitous in the American zeitgeist that he merited a “cameo” in Woody Allenʼs Annie Hall. Author of legendary bestseller Growing Up Absurd (1960), Goodman was also a poet, 1940s out queer (and family man), pacifist, visionary, co-founder of Gestalt therapy—and a moral compass for many in the burgeoning counterculture of the ‘60s.

Paul Goodman Changed My Life immerses you in an era of high intellect (that heady, cocktail-glass juncture that Mad Men has so effectively exploited) when New York was peaking culturally and artistically; when ideas, and the people who propounded them, seemed to punch in at a higher weight class than they do now. 

Using a treasure trove of archival multimedia—selections from Goodmanʼs poetry (read by Garrison Keillor and Edmund White); quotes from Susan Sontag, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Noam Chomsky; plentiful footage of Goodman himself; plus interviews with his family, peers and activists—director/producer Jonathan Lee and producer/editor Kimberly Reed (Prodigal Sons) have woven together a rich portrait of an intellectual heavyweight whose ideas are long overdue for rediscovery.


  • Epi Bohdi
  • Michael Bronski
  • Noam Chomsky
  • Morris Dickstein
  • Jason Epstein
  • Zeke Finkelstein
  • Michael Fisher
  • Richard Flacks
  • Frieda Gardner
  • Geoffrey Gardner
  • Daisy Goodman
  • Naomi Goodman
  • Sally Goodman
  • Susan Goodman
  • Jacqueline Gourevitch
  • Allen Graubard
  • Ambassador Philip Kaiser
  • Edmund Leites
  • Judith Malina
  • Michael Vincent Miller
  • Laura S Murra
  • Grace Paley
  • Marcus Raskin
  • Thomas Rodd
  • Ned Rorem
  • Michael Rossman
  • Taylor Stoehr
  • Jerl Surratt
  • Lee Swenson
  • Michael Walzer
  • Burton Weiss
  • Gordon Wheeler
  • Vera Williams