NOTE: I'm afraid I've fallen far behind in adding stuff to this page. Since the web has taken over my life I really don't have much time to rent videos, and I don't like to write about films I haven't seen. Among the films I know I'm delinquent on covering here: "Chappaqua", "Shadows," "Buckets of Blood," "Home of the Brave," etc. etc. Someday I'll get to all of this, I promise!
I occassionally get mail asking about the status of the Francis Ford Coppola film of 'On The Road,' which I auditioned for in February 1995. As of June 1997 the project is still in cold storage; Coppola has not actually announced that he has abandoned it, but it seems doubtful that the film will get made in the near future. Check my Beat News page for future updates, if there are any.
Finally, one of the best collections of original Beat-related films and documentaries for sale is at Mystic Fire Videos. Among the available films are "Fried Shoes, Cooked Diamonds," a documentary about a Beat gathering at the Naropa Institute, and a number of experimental works by William S. Burroughs. Hard-to-find videos like "Pull My Daisy" are also available at online Beat bookstores like Water Row and Fog City Fact and Fiction.
I hope to write more about many more Beat films when I finally find some free time!
by Levi Asher