Film Festival - Radio Free Albemuth

Renovation is delighted to be showing the feature film Radio Free Albemuth as part of the Renovation Film Festival.

The film is based on the novel by Philip K. Dick's novel - one in which Dick himself appears as a character. PKD gave the novel to his friend (and Renovation Guest of Honor) Tim Powers and Powers in turn gave it to the family after PKD's death. The novel was published posthumously.

Radio Free Albemuth Trailer from Elizabeth Karr on Vimeo.

Radio Free Albemuth has been winning awards on the festival circuit and in June 2011 was chosen as the opening night event for the Annual Science Fiction Hall of Fame Awards at the Experience Music Project Science Fiction Museum in Seattle. The movie is currently preparing for a theatrical release.

The movie stars Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire, Machete, Bad Lieutenant) Alanis Morissette (popular music icon and winner of 7 Grammys), Katheryn Winnick (Love & Other Drugs, Killers, Cold Souls, Bones) and Jonathan Scarfe (The Work & The Glory I,II,III, ER, Raising the Bar, triple Canadian Emmy winner).

Reviews of the film are very positive, the latest coming from Variety (August 2, 2011):

Set in a quasi-Fascist alternative U.S. of the 1980s, "Radio Free Albemuth" is an engrossing adaptation of the same-named novel by Philip K. Dick. Produced on a much more modest scale than previous Dick interpretations such as "Minority Report," this well-performed paranoia piece about a music exec rebelling against the state after receiving messages from an alien intelligence should connect strongly with Dick's fanbase and attract upscale auds seeking sci-fi with political and philosophical substance.

Writer / Director - John Alan Simon

Radio Free Albemuth has been adapted, directed and produced by John Alan Simon. John Alan Simon is a science fiction aficionado who has been in love with science fiction since his Harvard days. In addition to Radio Free Albemuth, he currently holds the film rights to Valis and Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, as well as for all of Lucius Shepard's books. Simon's script for Flow My Tears was optioned last year by Halcyon Entertainment (Terminator Salvation) for a 2012 start date, with Simon also acting as a producer. Simon's previous producer credits include The Getaway, directed by Roger Donaldson, starring Alec Baldwin, Kim Bassinger and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Presentation and Q&A

On Sunday morning, at 10 a.m. in room A03, John Alan Simon will give the following talk:

"I Liked the Book Better" - The Pleasures and Perils of Adapting Philip K. Dick's Works for the Big Screen

In this talk, John Alan Simon will discuss adapting one of science fiction's favorite cult novels for the cinema. Along the way he will answer questions and attempt to cover the process of writing an adaptation vs. original screenplay, the author-screenwriter relationship and strategies to employ for successfully translating a novel or short story to the screen.