Saturday, November 29, 2008
PKD Documentary Now Available
I've a bit of catching up to do. Now with several dozen papers graded, leftover turkey dealt with, and my radio interview behind me, I find I have some time.
First order of business is this PKD-documentary which recently became available on Amazon. It's the fabled Argentine documentary which I saw before it was released and now highly recommend. The documentary features interviews with Kleo Mini, Anne Dick, Tim Powers, Tessa Dick, KW Jeter, Ray Nelson, Gerald Ackerman, and others and is easily the best PKD-doc out there, eclipsing The Gospel According to Philip K Dick (which suffers from inadequate depth and too much typing) and the short documentary packaged with the Blade Runner Multi-DVD spectacular.
I'll try to get a hold of the producer(s) (you didn't hear this from me, but I heard the production was plagued by political infighting and production changes - kinda like Blade Runner) and see if we can't do an interview. Frequent commenter Robert Cook gives the doc four stars in an Amazon review writing:
"I dock the dvd one star primarily because the framing device within which Dick's life is told is ham-fisted and cliched: two "private eyes (dicks)," one even wearing a pistol in a shoulder holster, hole up in a room, smoking cigs, listening to tape recorders, filing through dossiers, making notes, tacking photos to a bulletin board, listening to a "control voice" over a speaker in the room (the film's sparse narration), attempting to get to the bottom, it seems, of the conundrum of Dick's "mystical experience.""
I kind of like the framing of the doc, but I can see how others might not.
Anyway get your copy for the holidays.
Thanks be to Robert Cook and Streetworm.