Dreams With Sharp Teeth Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at 7pm
Harlan Ellison in person!
“Harlan doesn’t have an off switch, he doesn’t have a censor button. He is simply incapable of sugar-coating it for you. And I think that’s one of the things that makes him human, it’s one of the things that makes him loveable, it’s one of the things that in a way makes him tragic.”—Josh Olson, screenwriter (A History of Violence)
The director Erik Nelson, as well as Ellison, is expected to attend the screening.
Since 1955, Harlan Ellison has written and published 75 books, 1,700 stories and articles, numerous teleplays and screenplays, and his work has been translated into 40 languages. Despite—or is it because?—of this extraordinary popular success, Ellison has largely stayed out of the literary canon, consigned like Phillip K. Dick (until recently) to the genre sections of bookshops. Erik Nelson’s engaging portrait of Ellison catches the 70-something author in his full cantankerous glory, offering his thoughts and opinions on a dizzying array of subjects. The film also shows us other, lesser known sides of Ellison—from his political activism in the Civil Rights era to altercations with Barbra Streisand and pelvis shattering battles with network executives. Younger writers discuss Ellison’s influence on their work, and even actor Robin Williams is on hand to offer his tribute to Ellison, recognizing in him another great performer. Original score composed and performed by the legendary musician Richard Thompson.
Dreams With Sharp Teeth
Erik Nelson, US, 2007; 93m