Traces the Beats from Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac’s meeting in 1944 at Columbia University to the deaths of Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs in 1997. Three actors provide dramatic interpretations of the work of these three writers, and the film chronicles their friendships, their arrival into American consciousness, their travels, frequent parodies, Kerouac’s death, and Ginsberg’s politicization. Their movement connects with bebop, John Cage’s music, abstract expressionism, and living theater. In recent interviews, Ginsberg, Burroughs, Kesey, Ferlinghetti, Mailer, Jerry Garcia, Tom Hayden, Gary Snyder, Ed Sanders, and others measure the Beats’ meaning and impact. –IMDb
Chuck Workman has been involved in filmmaking and theater for over twenty-five years as an award-winning director, writer, and producer.
Workman’s theatrical short, PRECIOUS IMAGES, made for the Directors Guild of America, won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short and has become the most widely shown short in film history, appearing in schools, museums, international conferences, numerous film festivals and over 1000 theaters worldwide. It is one of five of his films circulating in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Workman is the writer and director of an independent dramatic film, A HOUSE ON A HILL, which stars Phillip Baker Hall, Laura San Giacomo, and Henry Rollins. It played in several festivals and was released commercially in 2003. THE MONEY, his first dramatic feature, was invited to the Deauville Festival, and several other festivals and has been recently re-released on DVD with a new title, THE ATLANTIC CITY JACKPOT.
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