The wild, unexpected success of Easy Rider ushered in what is now seen as one of the most significant turning points in film history, making pathologically rebellious Dennis Hopper an unlikely King Of Hollywood for a day. Incredibly, that day was filmed-and not just filmed, but captured by two innovative and inventive filmmakers. Co-directed by L.M. Kit Carson and Lawrence Schiller, The American Dreamer is many things: an insightful document of a complex artist in the midst of his creative process, a self-reflective exploration and explosion of vérité filmmaking tropes, and a playful and entertaining snapshot of the private life of one of Hollywood's most eccentric stars at the peak of his newly found fame. Hopper boldly allowed access to his crazy life in all its aspects: firing his rifles off in the desert, editing The Last Movie, stripping naked and walking through downtown Taos, New Mexico, pontificating about art and life, and holding forth guru-like to a room full of naked women. Fortuitously timed, fantastically made, and virtually unseen, The American Dreamer is the great '70s film doc you always wished existed.
These never-before-seen limited edition prints are taken from photographs by Lawrence Schiller captured on the set of The American Dreamer, highlighting his incredible documentation of Hopper in 1971 on his Taos, New Mexico compound. Along with a selection of Lawrence Schiller's photographs spanning his career in photojournalism, prints are on view February 4th-9th, 2016.
Proceeds from the exhibit benefit The Cinefamily and the future restoration of films from the Walker Art Center.