Neal Cassady was a larger than life figure. Neal Cassady: The Denver Years is a documentary based on the autobiographical accounts of Neal Cassady, his troubled youth in Denver and the crucial role that he played in the germination of American beat culture.
His unencumbered lifestyle and relentless command of language would influence a generation of writers. He was introduced to the world as Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac’s classic, On the Road and for controversial literary figures Allen Ginsberg, Ken Kesey, Tom Wolfe and Hunter S. Thompson, Cassady was more than a friend, he was their muse and inspiration.
This documentary is based on Cassady’s own writings (The First Third and the “Joan Anderson letter”) and reveals the depth of character of the man whose life would leave a lasting impression on American culture. Through the insights of Carolyn Cassady, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, David Amram, John Allen Cassady, Jami Cassady Ratto, Cathy Cassady Sylvia, Jerry Cimino, Tom Noel, Ed White, and Al Hinkle we discover the story of Neal Cassady, his charismatic charm, manic energy, sexual swagger, and free flowing verbosity that made him the authentic hero of the beat generation.
What shaped the most infamous 20th century muse? Discover the love affair between Denver, a culture in transition, and some of the most influential writers of our time. Just by being himself, Neal Cassady created a foundation for the beat generation and set the wheels in motion for the counter culture revolution that would open up the floodgates for decades of free thinkers to follow.
Presented by Colorado Public Television and Mother Mind Studios
Director Heather Dalton, Executive Producers Joshua Hassel, Hina Chowdhry, Mother Mind Studios Producers Daniel Crosier, Norman Dillon Design and Animation Karl Christian Krumphoz, Daniel Crosier, Norman Dillon Music Geoff & John Cleveland, Chris Carrington, Derek Banach Principal Cast/Narration Paulie Limpan, Rodney Franks DVD Design Sherry Hern
Underwriting Provided by Jami Cassady Ratto, Randy Ratto, and The Many Friends of the Neal Cassady: The Denver Years Project
Copyright 2015 Hassel Dalton