ONE FAST MOVE OR I’M GONE: KEROUAC’S BIG SUR
One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur, directed by Curt Worden and produced by Jim Sampas and Gloria Bailen, takes the viewer back to Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s cabin and to the Beat haunts of San Francisco and New York City for an unflinching, cinematic look at the compelling events the book is based on.
Don’t miss a true and enigmatic portrait of the American author, poet, and painter Jack Kerouac set to stunning visuals and original, captivating music.
The story unfolds in several synchronous ways: through the narrative arc of Kerouac’s prose, told in voice-over by actor and Kerouac interpreter, John Ventimiglia (of HBO’s The Sopranos); through first-hand accounts and recollections of Kerouac’s contemporaries, whom many of the characters in the book are based on such as Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Carolyn Cassady, Joyce Johnson and Michael McClure; by the interpretations and reflections of writers, poets, actors and musicians who have been deeply influenced by Kerouac’s unique gifts like Tom Waits, Sam Shepard, Robert Hunter, Patti Smith, Aram Saroyan, Donal Logue and S.E. Hinton.
The film also features stunning, High Definition visual imagery set to original music composed and performed by recording artist, Jay Farrar of Son Volt, with additional performance by Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie.
THE MUSIC BEHIND THE FILM
Gibbard and Farrar, having never previously met, discovered a mutual kinship in their passion for Kerouac’s work while recording several songs for the documentary, produced by Kerouac Films. After the initial San Francisco recording session in July 2007, they decided to develop the project further to create an album using Kerouac’s own words from the book as the lyrics.
Gibbard stayed in the original cabin Kerouac wrote about, to compose songs for his band’s 2008 Grammy-nominated album, Narrow Stairs. For many years, Jay Farrar’s songwriting has been inspired and influenced by Kerouac’s compositional style.
ABOUT THE ICON
Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell, MA in 1922, the youngest of three children in a Franco-American family. He attended local Catholic and public schools and won a football scholarship to Columbia University in New York City, where he met Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs.
He quit school in his sophomore year and joined the Merchant Marine, beginning the restless wanderings that were to continue for the greater part of his life.
His first novel, The Town and the City, appeared in 1950, but it was On the Road, first published in 1957 and memorializing his adventures with Neal Cassady, that epitomized to the world what became known as the Beat Generation and made Kerouac one of the most controversial and best-known writers of his time.
Jack Kerouac wrote the novel On The Road in 1957, which is largely an autobiographical account on the spontaneous road trips he and his friends made across mid-century America. It is often considered a defining work of the postwar ‘Beat Generation‘ that was inspired by jazz, poetry, and drug experiences.
At the time of the book’s release, The New York Times hailed it as “the most beautifully executed, the clearest and most important utterance” of Kerouac’s generation. The novel is considered by Time magazine to be one of the best English-language novels written from 1923-2005.