Kerouac movie will play at Gayville Hall

Kerouac movie will play at Gayville Hall American novelist Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) is the subject of a two-hour film, Go Moan for Man, by Doug and Judi Sharples of Wakonda that will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 2 and 3, at Gayville Hall in Gayville.

The film, which has been called "the definitive Kerouac documentary" by British Beat scholar Dave Moore, mixes historical recreations of the life and literature of Kerouac with literary quotations, interviews, poetry readings and press conferences.

Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and other Beat writers are featured. Kerouac appears in footage from Steve Allen's 1959 television show. Dubbed the "King of the Beats" by the popular press, Kerouac wrote On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Desolation Angels, Vanity of Dulouz, and many others.

The filmmakers crisscrossed the U.S., Mexico, Europe and North Africa in order to document the author's life and works. They also filmed many scenes locally with a cast that included Geoffrey Gray-Lobe, Steve Merryman, Lonnie Fischer, and brothers Joseph and Ivan Barnett as the young Kerouac. Krista Scholten of Vermillion was the film editor, and Peder Vagle produced graphics.

Nearly two decades in its making, Go Moan for Man has been shown in such cities as Omaha, Cleveland, Orlando, Albuquerque and San Francisco and at universities and literary conferences in the U.S. and abroad.

The filmmakers took time off from distributing the film to establish the music hall in Gayville where the movie will be shown. The hall has presented 65 events or concerts in three years. They plan to host a film festival later in the year.

Gayville Hall is at 502 Washington Street in Gayville. Admission for the movie is $7.

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