and The Merry Pranksters
film of their 1964
adventure across America zonked to the gills on LSD
in the very first psychedelic bus Furthur
driven by Neal Cassady
The film gathered dust for some 30 odd years, mostly because they couldn't synchronize the sound track recoded on old Ampex reel-to-reel and the film shot in Super 8 and 16mm.
Then the 90s
and the advent of digital film editing
and before you can say Viola Lee Blues
they had a film being shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art
and on the BBC
sells videocassettes of the film for $30 on his website: www.intrepidtrips.com, the catch is
you place your order they ship you the video
and then you pay them. Nice catch, huh? Kesey says it doesn't matter how many copies they sell. He's just happy the project is finally finished.
Remember folx this was "the original fantasy," the Pranksters always wanted to be movie stars!
The film (well Episode I
at least) follows the Prankster's adventures from painting the bus to driving it across Cali (there's even the scene in which they are pulled over by the highway patrol and the forest is burning and Cassady is rapping and and and) to Texas where they lose Stark Naked
to New Orleans
where they all go swimming at a segregated beach on Lake Ponchatrain
(did I spell hat right?)
will have their arrival in NYC, their meetings with Tim Leary
(or at least the assault on his house) and Jack Kerouac
who didn't really understand who the hell
these new friends of Cassady's were.
Kesey says he'd love to see a Hollywood version of this film done, and that My Private Idaho
director Gus Van Sant
has expressed some interest. Wait aND See