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BEAT ANGEL



United States, 2004, 16mm - Color - 98

DIRECTED BY:
Randy Allred

CAST:
Vincent Balestri, Frank Tabbita, Lisa Niemi, Amy Humphrey

SCREENPLAY:
Bruce Boyle, Frank Tabbita, Randy Allred, Vincent Balestri

PRODUCER:
Frank Tabbita, Randy Allred, Bruce Boyle

WORLD SALES:
none

STORY DESCRIPTION:

When a tavern stages a “Jack Kerouac Death Day” poetry slam to celebrate the legendary Beat Generation writer, a homeless bum staggers in and falls dead---then mysteriously comes back to life as "Jack...Jack Kerouac!"“Jack” delights in needling Gerard, a secretive writer and vocal “Kerouac hater” who plays the cynic and declares Jack a fraud.But Jack becomes the star of the slam! He coaches Mary, a shy young writer, and inspires Carol, a former painter and Gerard’s sometimes-girlfriend. After the party, they follow Jack through a night of revelation and awakening, until Gerard finds the path to his earliest inspiration---the spirit of Jack Kerouac.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

RANDY ALLRED was studying music and politics in college when he began to acquire moviemaking equipment and accruing filmmaking experience on short films, corporate video and commercials. In 1993 he produced, photographed and edited Apart from Hugh, a B&W feature written and directed by Jon FitzGerald. Eventually, he was introduced to actor Vincent Balestri’s one-man stage play, “Kerouac: The Essence of Jack,” and decided to make a film incorporating Mr. Balestri’s portrayal of Jack Kerouac, the revolutionary Beat Generation author of “On the Road.” The result is the feature film, “Beat Angel.”

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