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A Film in 13 Chapters
“…Mr. Algren can hit
with both hands and move around and he will kill you if you are not awfully
careful…Mr. Algren, boy, are you good.”
is the first feature length documentary that spotlights the creative legacy of
one of the most underrated American writers of the twentieth century, Nelson
Algren; recipient of the first National Book Award for Man With a Golden Arm (1950), Simone de
Beauvior’s “Chicago Bohemian” lover, a Beat writer before the Beats, a
forerunner of the Gonzo movement.
Through interviews with internationally known artists, writers,
musicians and filmmakers, Algren will reestablish Algren’s
huge impact on countless literary and artistic champions, while defining
American urban fiction.
is America’s Dostoevsky and Chicago’s Dickens, filling the pages of his novels,
short stories and essays with the observations of his city and the world around
him. He lured his naturalistic
characters out from the ramshackle tenements, grimy taverns, cluttered police
departments and prison cells of the Chicago neighborhoods he visited and often called
Algren’s works, modern literature might never have dared to explore so honestly
the souls of drunks and gamblers, who are willing to bet their souls and lives
for that next swig of whisky. We
might never have cared about prizefighters slugging out their demons to no
one’s applause. Who would have
chronicled those miscreants and marginalized masses that inhabit American
cities? His is a body of work that
carries a punch that reverberates to this day!
film will explore how and why Algren has become the under-celebrated voice of
America’s voiceless. It will show
how Algren is still an artist whose compassion for humanity, for the underdogs
whom he saw as “true” Americans, echoes today.
life and work will be explored in thirteen chapters, moving from
autobiographical elements through his literary works. The backdrop for this film will be the hundreds of
photographs of Algren, provided to us by Chicago photographers, Art Shay and
Stephen Deutch, both of whom were personal friends of Algren. Newly uncovered audio recordings of
Algren will be brought to light.
Lastly, rarely viewed private collages created by Algren, which reflect
his life, loves and interests, are part of this film. Many of his admirers, including William Friedkin, Philip
Kaufman, Barry Gifford, Wayne Kramer, John Sayles and others, will be heard discussing the
movies, music and art they have created through the spark ignited by their love
and understanding of Algren’s work.
Furthermore, with a great documentary as a foundation, Algren will explore critical Transmedia
story elements that serve the core narrative. We can explore role-playing games that reflect the Algren
persona, or view art exhibits depicting American life during specific periods
of his writing, integrate fictional renditions of his life to film, or develop
webisodic pieces that focus on Algren’s writings that have influenced both
media and culture at large. Our Facebook
Page will feature unique elements and will invite the Algren aficionados and
newbie’s to participate in the core narrative, as well as give people an
opportunity to become “micro producers”, receive credits and win special
incentives such as an Art Shay photograph. As the Algren narrative builds, the intention is to allow
these stories to develop into new media properties that then evolve into TV
shows, graphic novels or collaborative art shows. Because Algren will
show just how influential Algren the writer was, we believe that we have a
mechanism for demonstrating this influence and make these stories into
experiences that can be adopted and shared by a wide range of people.
The filmmakers are director/writer Michael Caplan, whose biography is over to the right and lower side of the page. The producers are Gail H. Sonnenfeld and Nicole Bernardi-Reis. Our transmedia producer is Gunther Sonnenfeld. We are very excited to share this project with you!
order to complete Nelson's story, we need your help. Your donation will enable us to finishing shooting essential interviews and begin post production. Additional funds will enable us to edit the picture, mix the sound and
acquire music rights so that the film can be released by the spring of
2012. Your generosity will help to
preserve the boundless contributions made by Nelson Algren to American
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