“Big Sur” Sneak Preview - Presented by Gathr Films
October 15, 2013
SPECIAL GUEST, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER JIM SAMPAS, WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM AND HOST AN AUDIENCE Q&A
“an absolutely stunning film”—Jerry Cimino; The Beat Museum
“An elegantly muted take on the midlife ennui of Jack Kerouac’s autobiographical 1962 novel.”—Guy Lodge; Variety
Based on the 1962 novel by American literary icon Jack Kerouac, BIG SUR recounts the events surrounding Kerouac’s three brief Sojourns to a cabin in Bixby Canyon, Big Sur, owned by Kerouac’s friend and fellow Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. The story departs from Kerouac’s previous fictionalized autobiographical series in that the self-inspired character is shown as a popular, published author; Kerouac’s previous works are restricted to depicting Kerouac’s days as a bohemian traveler.
The movie depicts Kerouac’s mental and physical deterioration. Kerouac is unable to cope with a suddenly demanding public, and is battling with advanced alcoholism. He seeks respite first in solitude in the Big Sur cabin, then in a relationship with Billie, the mistress of his longtime friend Neal Cassady. Kerouac initially finds solace in the Big Sur wilderness, but is driven by loneliness to return to the city, and resumes drinking heavily.
Across Kerouac’s subsequent trips to Big Sur and interleaved lifestyle in San Francisco, he drunkenly embarrasses Neal by introducing Billie to Neal’s wife, cannot emotionally provide for the increasingly demanding Billie, and finds himself increasingly unable to integrate into suburban life. Kerouac’s inner turmoil culminates in his nervous breakdown during his third journey to Big Sur, which serves as his farewell to the beat generation.
ABOUT JIM SAMPAS
The Los Angeles Times recently called Jim Sampas “the thinking person’s producer [who has a] reputation for sticking out of the pack.” Sampas has produced numerous successful, critically acclaimed projects receiving coverage in such major news outlets as People Magazine, Newsweek, CNN, NPR, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and others. He often sets his sights on major cultural figures whose works have had widespread impact, and brought new meaning, to music, film, literature or art culture, including past homages to: The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Jack Kerouac, Bob Dylan, and The Rolling Stones.
One of his recent works was the highly lauded documentary film about author Jack Kerouac entitled One Fast Move Or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur featuring Tom Waits, Sam Shepard, Patti Smith, Amber Tamblyn, and soundtrack with Jay Farrar of Son Volt and Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie which garnered several NPR segments and The Arlington Theater screened back in 2008.
After the success of the documentary he decided to work on a feature film based on the same novel, executive producing Big Sur which has its New England debut here at The Regent. The feature film is directed by one of the most celebrated young film makers on the scene today, Michael Polish, and stars Jean-Marc Barr, Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas, Radha Mitchell, Henry Thomas, and Anthony Edwards (ER). It had it’s world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to much acclaim, garnering a theatrical release nationwide November 1st.