THE SOURCE is a comprehensive documentary on the Beats and the Beat Generation, beginning with the meeting of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William Burroughs in the Forties, and spanning international bohemian life of the Fifties, the San Francisco and West Coast renaissance, the artistic, political, and spiritual movements of the Sixties and Seventies, and the important and inevitable presence of the Beat influence today. Three years in the making, the film will be the most comprehensive portrait to date of the counterculture of the past fifty years and its enormous effect on art, politics, gay and women’s rights, minority rights, increased awareness, popular culture, and everyday life.
The film features new interviews with virtually all the surviving major features from this area - including, before their deaths, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and Timothy Leary, and extensive archival material featuring Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady. In addition to extensive new sequences, over 100 archival sources were drawn from. Other individuals featured include Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jerry Garcia, Michael McClure, Ken Kesey, Gregory Corso, Ed Sanders, Jim Carroll, Henry Rollins, John Leguizamo, Anne Waldman, Ray Manzarek. Miguel Pinero, the poets Gary Snyder and Robert Creeley, Philip Glass, David Amram, Shirley Clarke, and Norman Mailer.
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