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Out of the Blue

Venice Classics

Director:
Dennis Hopper
Production:
Robson Street Productions
Running Time:
94’
Language:
English
Country:
Canada, USA
Year:
1980
Main Cast:
Linda Manz, Dennis Hopper, Sharon Farrell
Screenplay:
Leonard Yakir, Brenda Nielson
Cinematographer:
Marc Champion
Editor:
Doris Dyck
Production Designer:
David Hiscox
Costume Designer:
Maureen Hiscox
Music:
Tom Lavin, Neil Young
Visual Effects:
Jon Belyeu
Restoration:
Discovery Productions (John Alan Simon and Elizabeth Carr)

Synopsis

Don Barnes is a truck driver in prison for drunkenly smashing his rig into a school bus. CeBe is his daughter, a young teen rebel and outsider obsessed with Elvis and the Sex Pistols. Her mother Kathy, waitresses, shoots up drugs and takes refuge in the arms of other men, including her husband’s best friend, Charlie. CeBe runs away to Vancouver’s punk scene and ends up on juvenile probation under the care of well-meaning psychiatrist Dr. Brean. After Don’s release, the family struggles to re-connect and start over before the revelation of dark secrets leads to a harrowing and violent conclusion. According to legendary critic Roger Ebert: “Thumbs up! A bitter unforgettable poem about alienation. One of the unsung treasures among recent independent films.”

Director’s Statement

I was hired as an actor for Out of the Blue. Two weeks in, I took over as director with full autonomy – because the 2 1⁄2 hours of film in the can was unusable. I rewrote the entire screenplay over the weekend and started shooting on Monday. In many ways, it’s maybe my best film. It’s about the society of North America; the family unit falling apart. I’m a social protest painter, I can’t help it. I don’t know much about the past, I’m not really interested in the future, or in space. I like to make things about what I see. For a person like me, it’s a miracle that I get the opportunity to direct a film. Because I don’t listen to anybody. I don’t have any collaborators except my actors.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: John Alan Simon, Elizabeth Karr – Discovery Production, INC
3817 Rhodes Avenue
91604 – Studio City, United States
Tel. 818-760-4438
Mob. 818-795-2738
simon50@aol.com
https://www.facebook.com/OutOfTheBlueDennisHopper/

PRODUCTION 2: Gary Jules Jouvenat – Robson Street Productions
simon50@aol.com

PRODUCTION 3:Paul Lewis
simon50@aol.com

PRODUCTION 4:Leonard Yakir
simon50@aol.com

PRODUCTION WHEN THE FILM WAS MADE: ROBSON STREET PRODUCTIONS

WORLD SALES: John Alan Simon – Discovery Production, INC
3817 Rhodes Avenue
91604 – Studio City, United States
Tel. 818-760-4438
http://www.facebook.com/OutOfTheBlueDennisHopper/
simon50@aol.com

PRESS OFFICE: Elizabeth Karr - Discovery Production, INC
3817 Rhodes Avenue
91604 – Studio City, United States
Tel. 323-650-5840
Fax 323-650-0917
Mob. 310-497-5292
elizabethkarr@me.com


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