Saturday, September 14, 2013 – 7:00PM – FREE Fiesta Twin Cinema – 305 E. 4th Street, Santa Ana CA 92701 (map & directions)
Dir. By John Alan Simon
2013, USA, 116 min.
The OC Film Fiesta is proud to present a Special Screening before its USA Theatrical Release of RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH, the new award-winning independent feature film based on the novel by science fiction legend and former Santa Ana resident, Philip K. Dick, starring SHEA WHIGHAM (Boardwalk Empire), JONATHAN SCARFE (Perception), ALANIS MORISSETTE, KATHERYN WINNICK (Vikings) and SCOTT WILSON (The Walking Dead).
Based on the novel by Philip K. Dick and set in a quasi-fascist, alternative U.S. of the 1980s, Radio Free Albemuth is a great combo pack of higher intelligence and conspiracy theories. Berkeley record store clerk Nick Brady (Jonathan Scarfe) begins to experience strange visions from an entity he calls VALIS that cause him to uproot his family and move to Los Angeles, where he becomes a successful music company executive. With the help of his best friend, science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick himself (Shea Whigam), and a mysterious woman named Silvia (Alanis Morissette), Nick finds himself drawn into a dangerous political-mystical conspiracy of cosmic proportions.
The film also stars Katheryn Winnick. With songs and score (co-written) by cult singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock.
Posthumously published in 1985, the source material is Dick’s most autobiographical work. Radio Free Albemuth is faithful to the novel’s detailed plot and complex meditations on the interplay of earthly realities, spiritual beliefs, and otherworldly powers that determine the protagonists’ destiny. Variety calls filmmaker John Alan Simon’s film ” Consistently absorbing. Well performed. Narrative delivers satisfying intrigue and suspense. Should connect strongly with Dick’s fanbase and attract upscale audiences seeking sci-fi with political and philosophical substance”
Radio Free Albemuth is required viewing—not only for sci-fi aficionados, but for anyone interested in true independent cinema. Filmmaker John Alan Simon will be on hand to discuss how he brought PKD to the screen in a Q and A after the film and on a panel about Philip K. Dick before the screening.
ABOUT OC FILM FIESTA
The OC Film Fiesta in Santa Ana is a free cinematic celebration of Orange County’s Latino and multicultural heritage. Presented by the City of Santa Ana, the 2013 OC Film Fiesta takes place from September 6-15 in the heart of downtown Santa Ana. The Film Fiesta presents an award-winning selection of feature films, documentaries, short films and activities for a diverse audience of families, students, artists, professionals and lovers of cinema from throughout the county.
Launched in 2010, the OC Film Fiesta adds to the cultural vitality of downtown Santa Ana, promotes community involvement and deepens relationships with local cultural groups, businesses, colleges and the film industry. The Film Fiesta takes place in conjunction with the annual Santa Ana Fiestas Patrias Celebration, which draws 250,000 attendees to downtown Santa Ana.