As a director, producer, debonair cultural provocateur, and incubator of great movie talent, the now 90-year-old Roger Corman has led (and continues to lead) the kind of life which itself deserves to be immortalized on the big screen. That, at least, is the opinion of filmmaker Joe Dante (Gremlins, The ‘Burbs), who has spent a decade trying to make The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes, which details the production of 1967’s acid-drenched, Corman-directed cult classic, The Trip.
Dante’s dream took a big step towards becoming reality on Wednesday when a reading of the script took place at the Vista Theatre in Los Angeles as part of SpectreFest, a film festival presented by the indie-horror company SpectreVision and Cinefamily. Dante himself directed the reading of the screenplay, by Tim Lucas, Charlie Largent, Michael Almereyda, and James Robison. The production starred Bill Hader as Corman, Jason Ritter as Trip lead actor Peter Fonda, and Ethan Embry as the film’s writer, one Jack Nicholson.
Below, you can see exclusive photos from the event of Dante, Corman, SpectreVision cofounder Elijah Wood, attendee Peter Bogdanovich, and the reading’s cast, which also featured James Adomian, Pat Healy, Claudia O’Doherty, Sky Elobar, and Sarah Burns. Below that, you can watch a clip of filmmaker Allan Arkush (Rock ‘n’ Roll High School) discussing The Trip — just one of the many videos to be found on Dante’s catnip-for-film-fans website, Trailers From Hell. You can learn more about SpectreFest at the SpectreVision website.