“Doc” Humes in Greenwich Village, c. 1961, while shooting Don Peyote, his legendary lost film, a Beat generation version of Don Quixote

DOC: An Evening with Filmmaker Immy Humes

Friday, November 12, 2010 - 7:00pm

Introduction by Senior Lecturer Judy Hoffman, Department of Cinema and Media Studies

DOC is an unorthodox portrait of the life and times of the almost forgotten, yet fascinating literary and counter-culture figure Doc Humes, filmed over many years by Immy Humes, an Academy Award–nominated filmmaker and Doc’s daughter. Featuring a generation of cultural luminaries, from Timothy Leary to Norman Mailer, the film tells a moving story about the man who founded The Paris Review, wrote two great novels and then, after becoming mentally ill in the 1960s, reappeared as the original Hippie Philosopher King.

Immy’s work has received many honors, including screenings at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art and Film Forum. She has won grants and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony; the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts; the Jerome, Robeson, Soros Fund (now the Sundance Fund); Independent Television Service; and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

(Immy Humes, 2008, DVD, 95 min)

Co-sponsored by the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture