Panel Will Include Director John Alan Simon and Award-Winning Regional Writers
Pepin, WI—On Saturday, October 22 at 6:00 p.m., the Flyway Film Festival will screen the critically-acclaimed independent film, Radio Free Albemuth, based on the classic Philip K. Dick novel of the same name.
Considered Dick’s most autobiographical novel (Dick himself appears as a character), Radio Free Albemuth is a wild ride into dark humor and conspiracy theories. Set in an alternate reality circa 1985 under the authoritarian control of President Fremont (Scott Wilson), 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 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.
Writer/director John Alan Simon was committed to making a film that honored Dick’s independent spirit and great intellect and reflected his personal interest in metaphysics and theology.
Hailed by Variety as a “ … well-performed paranoia piece” that “ … should connect strongly with Dick’s fanbase and attract upscale auds seeking sci-fi with political and philosophical substance”, Radio Free Albemuth was recently selected to compete in the prestigious 2011 Mavericks Competition at the Calgary International Film Festival.
The Flyway screening at the WideSpot Performing Arts Center in Stockholm, Wisconsin will be followed by Q&A with writer/director John Alan Simon and a panel discussion.
At the conclusion of the Q&A in the theatre space, Simon and panel members Lyda Morehouse (AngelLINK series) and Kelly McCullough (WebMage series), both acclaimed regionally-based science fiction writers, and writer/director Bill Stiteler (THACO) will move to the Abode Gallery space below the theatre for further Q&A and a discussion of the movie, the adaptation of science fiction literature to other mediums in the context of the movie and in general, as well as science fiction and film more broadly.
As president and chief executive officer of Discovery Productions, John Alan Simon has been involved with the production, financing, sales, distribution and marketing of many successful independent features including, The Wicker Man (starring Edward Woodward); The Haunting of Julia (with Mia Farrow and Tom Conti); Basket Case, and Out of the Blue (starring and directed by Dennis Hopper).
Simon recently directed the feature adaptation of Radio Free Albemuth, based on the novel by Philip K. Dick, starring Jonathan Scarfe, Shea Whigham and singer Alanis Morissette, as one of three Dick novels Discovery acquired film rights for in partnership with Rosenbloom Entertainment. Simons’s script for “Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said” was optioned late last year by Halcyon Entertainment (Terminator Salvation) for a 2011 start date on which Simon will also be a producer.
More information can be found on Simon at http://www.radiofreealbemuth.com/blog.
Bill Stiteler is a writer/director, working in theater and movies. His work includes the short film THACO and the music video for “Re: Your Brains” by Jonathan Coulton. His work has been screened at several extremely nerdy venues, such as Penny Arcade Expo, Origins, and CONvergence.
Lyda Morehouse leads a double life. By day, she’s a mild-mannered, award-winning science fiction writer of the AngeLINK series. At night, she dons a skin-tight cat suit and transforms into the a bestselling romance author Tate Hallaway, author of the Garnet Lacey series, the Vampire Princess of St. Paul series, and the forthcoming CSI-meet-X-Files novel, Precinct 13. You can read more about them at: www.lydamorehouse.com or www.tatehallaway.com and/or at the writers’ group blog, wyrdsmiths.blogspot.com.
Kelly McCullough is an international award-winning writer. His novels include the forthcoming Broken Blade, first book of the Fallen Blade series, and the WebMage series, all published by Penguin’s ACE division. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. He also writes educational science fiction which has appeared in projects funded by the NSF, NASA, and the Hubble Space Telescope. More information can be found on Kelly and his work at kellymccullough.com, or at the website of his writers’ group http://wyrdsmiths.com.