I had the pleasure of speaking with Gus Mollasis, whose feature documentary Kerouac Slept Here is included in this year’s fest. The 29-minute short explores Kerouac’s time in Florida. Kerouac wrote his seminal 1958 semi-autobiographical novel The Dharma Bums (a book which verbosely contrasts his life as a mountaineer, fire lookout and hitchhiker with that of his inner-city, Jazz-loving life boozing and chasing tail) in Orlando. Just 11 years later he passed away in St. Petersburg, from internal bleeding caused by years of heavy boozing. Mr. Mollasis said City Lights Books owner Lawrence Ferlinghetti makes an appearance in the film as well.
“Maybe that’s what life is… a wink of the eye and the winking stars.” ~Kerouac