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Beacon Film Society Presents: The American Dreamer

Tue, Mar 8, 2016
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM


Screening: 8:00 PM

Q&A with director Lawrence Schiller following the screening

“The American Dreamer presents a startling, candid portrait of a unique personality intersecting with a critical moment in cultural history: New Hollywood.” — The Atlantic

American Dreamer posterShot during a key moment in film history, when Hollywood had just granted entry to the counter-culture without really understanding what it had grabbed hold of, this 16mm feature documents the rebel filmmaker Dennis Hopper, still reeling from his two-week marriage to singer Michelle Phillips, as he ruminates on his lonely, fish-out-of-water Kansas upbringing, and goes on to pontificate about girls, grass, art, society, and what drew him to photography.

All the while he’s entertaining ladies — sometimes in a carnal way — shooting off guns, and rambling around the historic Mabel Dodge Luhan house in Taos where he and various others are editing The Last Movie.

To us, The American Dreamer is interesting not just as a document of the early 70s but as an example of a documentary that challenges our idea of what documentaries should be.

Lawrence Schiller has had a talent for placing himself at the center of defining cultural moments. Before making The American Dreamer, he was a celebrated photojournalist famous for his photographs of Marilyn Monroe. He was Norman Mailer’s researcher for Executioner’s Song. And he co-authored O.J. Simpson’s book I Want to Tell You.

 — seats held up to 5 minutes prior

Beacon Film Society programs a mix of recent films and underappreciated classics. We often have informal and lively conversations afterward with the filmmakers. And there’s time before and after the film to hang out with other people who love movies. To find out about future screenings, sign up for our newsletter and like us on Facebook.

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