Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Filmmaker John Alan Simon in person!
Based on the novel by Philip K. Dick and set in a quasi-fascist, alternative U.S. of the 1980s, Radio Free Albemuth is a great combo pack of higher intelligence and conspiracy theories. Berkeley record store clerk Nick Brady (Jonathan Scarfe) begins to experience strange visions from an entity he calls VALIS that cause him to uproot his family and move to Los Angeles, where he becomes a successful music company executive. With the help of his best friend, science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick himself (Shea Whigam), and a mysterious woman named Silvia (Alanis Morissette), Nick finds himself drawn into a dangerous political-mystical conspiracy of cosmic proportions. The film also stars Katheryn Winnick.
Posthumously published in 1985, the source material is among Dick’s most autobiographical works. Radio Free Albemuth is faithful to the novel’s detailed plot and complex meditations on the interplay of earthly realities, spiritual beliefs, and otherworldly powers that determine the protagonists’ destiny. Variety calls filmmaker John Alan Simon’s film a “well-performed paranoia piece,” and Simon has succeeded in transmuting Dick’s singular voice and worldview to the screen. Radio Free Albemuth is required viewing—not only for sci-fi aficionados, but for anyone interested in true independent cinema. Filmmaker John Alan Simon will be on hand to discuss how he brought PKD to the screen!
Radio Free Albemuth is raising money on Kickstarter for their theatrical release. For more info or to get involved, click here.