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"So watch me be the artist who was born ready-made/ Watch me take my lemons, and make the best goddamn lemonade." 
Lemon Andersen’s County of Kings

Three-time felon turned poet/performer Lemon Andersen fights for an exit from generations of poverty by bringing his life’s secrets to the NY stage. But revisiting his troubled past has more in store than he bargained for, as he is confronted by his demons time and time again. Yet Lemon – raised by a drug dealer and a car thief - was born to hustle and survive, so when Spike Lee steps in to produce his show, it seems Lemon might finally find the redemption he so desperately seeks.

LEMON unfolds with the intimacy of verite filmmaking, the intensity of a morality tale, and the power of a cliffhanger. At its core is a single character whose honesty both on stage and off lends the film a rare kind of truth. In its resonance, the film speaks poignantly for those living on the margins, battling cyclical poverty and the lure of drugs, and trying to improve their lot in life.  Lemon is a man whose talent is anything but “normal,” but whose dreams are of every man with a history of hardship and the desire for something more for himself and his family.


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The Filmmakers

Laura Brownson Director/Producer

Based in Los Angeles, Brownson began her career at Michael Douglas’s Paramount based Douglas/Reuther Productions where she helped oversee films by acclaimed directors Sydney Pollack, John Woo and Francis Ford Coppola. Venturing on her own, she produced the award-winning short film WONDERLAND for first time director Jeffrey Blitz. And in 1998, she partnered with director Anthony Drazan to help adapt the theatrical play HURLY BURLY for the screen. Turning her focus to television, she worked for years as a creative producer developing countless projects for HBO/Showtime/Lifetime and producing two films for CBS. She is currently developing THE BROTHER OF THE PILOT with Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Richard Friedenberg.

Beth Levison Director/Producer

Based in New York City, Levison has been producing arts-related television for the last decade and has been the recipient of two Emmy Awards (HBO’s CLASSICAL BABY & GOODNIGHT MOON AND OTHER SLEEPYTIME TALES), three George Foster Peabody Awards (PBS’ EGG THE ARTS SHOW), and numerous other television and broadcast awards.  In addition to PBS and HBO, she has worked for the Sundance Channel, National Geographic Television, ABC News, NBC, and MTV.

Festivals & Awards



Official Selection

Winner - Special Jury Prize

Heartland Film Festival


Official Selection

Nantucket Film Festival


Official Selection

Documentary Edge Festival


Official Selection

Winner - Special Mention Documentary 

Edmonton International Film Festival


Official Selection

Winner - Best International Feature Documentary

Tacoma Film Festival


Winner - Best Documentary


If you only go to see one film, see Lemon. If you think art can transform a life, go see Lemon. If you think art can't transform a life, go see Lemon…it's a not to be missed movie.”

-Metro Edmonton

A portrait of a man clinging desperately to his dream…a talented person hoping to get the one big break that will vault him out of society's lower rungs.”

-New York Daily News