Two Nelson Algren Documentaries Race To The Finish Line
By Rob Christopher in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 27, 2014 8:30PM
Photo by Art Shay
Meanwhile, Michael Caplan expects to wrap his documentary Algren: Poet of the Neon Wilderness, which we've covered before, in mid-May. Wayne Kramer from MC5 is contributing a music score. Among the interviewees are William Friedkin, Phillip Kaufman, Russell Banks, Rick Kogan, Joe Pintauro, Bruce Jay Friedman, Roger Groening, Barry Gifford, Billy Corgan and Art Shay and his late wife, Florence. (Side note: if you haven't already, go see Art's show "My Florence" at Columbia College's library. It's extraordinarily moving.)
One is tempted to ask the question "Is there room for two documentaries about Nelson Algren?" That's silly. From what we've heard, the two projects take distinctly different approaches; the former using a linear, factual approach and Caplan opting for a more personalized, impressionistic tone. They might end up complimenting each other perfectly. And if it means that more people discover Chicago: City on the Make, that's a cause for celebration.