June 16, 2008, 7:00 PM
Dreams with Sharp Teeth
Directed by Erik Nelson
"From the producer of Grizzly Man comes a literary documentary that will send you back to your bookshelf, out to the library and into the bookstore. Harlan Ellison may be the greatest unknown writer of our time. Like Ray Bradbury and Kurt Vonnegut, Ellison's work was originally shunted into the literary ghetto, but now it defines its own unique genre. This is a portrait of the artist as a rage-a-holic. Passionate, intelligent, wounded, hilarious, contentious—words don't do justice to a man who manipulates them so well. Infinitely watchable, Ellison speaks to his life and creative process with the same fervour, self-awareness and imagination that he uses to write. Dreams With Sharp Teeth brings Ellison's magnetic personality and prolific work to life, featuring appearances by Robin Williams and Neil Gaiman, as well as an original score composed and performed by Richard Thompson."
Following the screening, a discussion with Carol Cooper and Center Film Coordinator Matthew von Unwerth will address some of Ellison's short stories, including Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes, Soft Monkey, "Repent Harlequin!" Said the Ticktock Man, and I Have no Mouth and I Must Scream. Several of these stories are available for download at Fictionwise.com.
Carol Cooper is a New York-based journalist and cultural critic who has been writing professionally about popular culture since 1978. Her essays and reviews have appeared in national and international publications, including The Village Voice, Elle, Essence, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times. Her 2006 anthology of collected essays is entitled Pop Culture Considered as an Uphill Bicycle Race. In the summer of her freshman year at Wesleyan University, Cooper was awarded a grant to attend the 1974 Clarion Writers Workshop in Fantasy and Science Fiction at the University of Michigan. There, she spent six weeks learning how to write marketable science fiction with professional writers and editors. Harlan Ellison was the third of six memorable instructors Ms. Cooper worked with at Clarion.
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