KFM Signs SAUL WILLIAMS
Knitting Factory Management (KFM) Signs SAUL WILLIAMS
Coincides with a Bonanza of New Projects for Multi-Talented Creator
Stars in AKILLA’S ESCAPE, which World Premieres at TIFF
Berkeley, CA (September 23, 2020) – National 360 entertainment and hospitality powerhouse Knitting Factory Entertainment’s management unit Knitting Factory Management (KFM) has signed renowned poet, musician, actor, producer, director and multimedia performer Saul Williams to the firm, manager Aaron Johnson announced today.
“Saul Williams is a fiercely creative and independent artist, and I am excited and honored to get to work with him on all the projects he is working on.” Johnson says. “Saul is just the artist the world needs right now, and it’s my job to help him get his art and his words out there to as many people as possible.”
Knitting Factory Entertainment CEO Morgan Margolis echoed Johnson’s sentiments. “Saul is a perfect fit for KFM,” he said. “He complements our roster of artists in an almost unique way and has an impressive range of talent in almost all fields of artistic endeavor.”
Saul Williams first came to wide public attention following his star turn in director Marc Levin’s Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize-winning film SLAM, which also captured Cannes’ Camera D’Or in 1998.
As an actor, Williams was a series regular on CW’s Girlfriends and has appeared in a number of films including: K-PAX; LACKAWANNA BLUES; NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU; and AUJOURD’HUI TEY, which won The Prize of the City at The Venice Film Festival. He stars in the film AKILLA’S ESCAPE, which just made its world premiere last week at TIFF and is currently working on his own directorial debut NEPTUNE FROST.
In 2014, Saul made his Broadway debut as the lead in Broadway’s first hip-hop musical, Holler If Ya Hear Me, based on the lyrics and poetry of Tupac Shakur.
Saul has performed in over 30 countries and read his poetry at over 300 universities, with invitations that have spanned from grand edifices like The White House, The Sydney Opera House and Queen Elizabeth Hall to villages, townships, community centers, and prisons worldwide. Saul has published five books of poetry which have been translated into several languages. His writings and lesson plans surrounding his work have been added to the curriculum of schools and universities around the world.
As a musician, Saul has released six albums and toured or collaborated with dozens of artists from Kanye West and Erykah Badu to Nine Inch Nails and Rage Against The Machine.
Williams joins an artist roster at KFM that currently includes; !!! (generally pronounced “chk chk chk”); Bedouine; Fela! The Concert; The Greyboy Allstars; Jontavious Willis; Jose Gonzalez, Junip; Kendra Morris; The Knitts; Lady Wray; Lee Fields and the Expressions; Moon Kissed; Pokey LaFarge, and Y La Bamba.
About Knitting Factory Entertainment
Founded in 1987 with its first venue opening in New York City, Knitting Factory Entertainment (www.knittingfactory.com) is a creative producer, manager and distributor of universal music content, film/TV and theatrical events.
Today, KFE comprises: The Federal gastropub in Los Angeles; three Knitting Factory concert venues; partnerships with Boomtown Brewery, The Regent Theatre and Arrive Hotel Palm Springs; a partnership with The Buckhead Group in five restaurants and bars; and is currently develop a Coors Field-adjacent property in Denver into three brand-new bar and restaurant concepts: El Tejano, Loaded, and Smash Face Brewery & Tap Room
KFE boasts partnerships with Brooklyn-based indie label Partisan Records; Knitting Factory Management; Selby Artist Management; Giant Step Marketing and Media, and the Connect Group. KFE also owns the tastemaker web property, The Talkhouse.
KFE’s national touring and promotions arm Knitting Factory Presents has also expanded its footprint. Booking national acts across multiple states including, but not limited to Memorial Stadium, Idaho and Big Sky Brewery Amphitheatre in Montana, these two venues present approximately 25 shows and serve more than 100k fans outdoors annually. KFP also serves Slowdown, NE; The Myth, MN; Criterion OKC, OK; and Elevation 27, VA, as a talent buyer. Other partnerships have also included Rachel Ray’s Feedback in Chicago, Hortons Hayride in California, the Maha Festival in Omaha, the Desert Daze Festival in Moreno Valley, CMoore Concerts in the Pacific Northwest, and many others.
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