Montrose Pictures has announced that Algren, the feature length documentary about the award-winning writer, Nelson Algren, will premiere on WTTW, Chicago’s PBS station, this month, running on July 24-27th.
Algren spotlights the creative legacy of one of the most underrated writers of the twentieth century. It was directed by Michael Caplan, Associate Professor in Cinema and Television Arts.
Nelson Algren was the National Book Award-winning author of The Man with the Golden Arm and A Walk on the Wild Side, Simone de Beauvoir’s “Chicago Bohemian” boyfriend and a major influence on The Beats and Gonzo Journalism. Using archival film footage, audio and personal photo collages, the film plunges viewers into the brutal and seductive world of America’ s underclass through the eyes of the man who redefined American urban fiction.
Algren premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival, where it was nominated for a Golden Hugo for Best Documentary. The Hollywood Reporter said that “Algren is an absorbing blend of interviews, voiceovers…it engrossed audiences… [a] stand up documentary” The Chicago Tribune called it “…stylishly made—it captures the humor and energy of Algren’s social life and his writing…”