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Go Moan For Man: The Literary Odyssey of Jack Kerouac

March 11, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

FREE Documentary Screening
Presented by Lowell Celebrates Kerouac and Riva Sharples, daughter of the late filmmaker Doug Sharples in honor of the 101st anniversary of the birth of Lowell native and acclaimed author and iconic figure of The Beat Generation, Jack Kerouac.
*Theater seating is limited, please RSVP to this event and plan to arrive early.*
Description of the film:
“Go Moan for Man: The Literary Odyssey of Jack Kerouac” is a comprehensive, feature-length documentary about the life and times of American writer Jack Kerouac. The film contains rare footage of many famed beats who appeared on and off the page in Kerouac’s writings and life. The film showcases the apartment buildings, houses, schools, churches, mountains, cities, and roads of Kerouac’s life and books.
Retracing and recreating Kerouac’s travels over two-lane highways of Iowa and Nebraska enroute to fabled Denver, or through the mountains of Fellaheen, Mexico, on the Pan American Highway, or on a ship to Greenland or Tangier, the film reviews the life of Kerouac as the author himself did in his great autobiographical works, including On the Road, Visions of Cody, The Dharma Bums, Desolation Angels, Lonesome Traveler, and more.
Actor Bill Mabon, as Jack Kerouac, heads a small cast portraying Kerouac and the beats in black-and-white sequences that alternate with interview and other documentary scenes to tell the story of Kerouac’s life and literary development. Additionally, Go Moan for Man explores Kerouac’s radical experiment with style and literary form which he called “modern spontaneous prose.” Experts and scholars speak about the importance of his work. Footage from important moments in preserving Kerouac’s legacy – like the dedication of Kerouac Park in Lowell, Mass., or the opening of his archives to scholars – are included.
The film includes appearances by many famous poets, scholars, and Kerouac characters, including: Steve Allen, David Amram, Ken Babbs, David Boxer, Douglas Brinkley, Roger Brunelle, Wiilliam S. Burroughs, Ann Charters, Gregory Corso, Brian Foye, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Abbie Hoffman, John Clellon Holmes, Paul Jarvis, Joyce Johnson, Jan Kerouac, Stella Sampas Kerouac, Ken Kesey, Paul Krassner, Timothy Leary, Michael McClure, Dennis McNally, John Montgomery, Gerald Nicosia, Peter Orlovsky, Edie Parker, Jim Sampas, John Sampas, Gary Snyder, John Tytell, Joy Walsh. Regina Weinreich, and including footage of Jack Kerouac himself.
The film is distributed by Cottonwood Productions and Riva Sharples. Contact Riva at 605-760-5799 for more information.

**Parking is available in the Edward J Early Parking facility at 135 Middlesex Street, Lowell, MA 01852**