'Blue Velvet' star's right-hand man recalls the Hollywood legend in new film

By Clark Collis
October 26, 2017 at 01:06 PM EDT

Ever wondered what it would have been like standing next to actor, writer, director, artist, and legendary madman Dennis Hopper during his very wildest years? Well, wonder no more. The new, Venice Film Festival-screened documentary Along for the Ride relates the story of Satya de la Manitou who, as he explains in the film’s just-released trailer, spent decades as “Dennis Hopper’s right-hand man.” Directed by Nick Ebeling, the movie also features contributions from Frank Gehry, Ed Ruscha, Tony Shafrazi, Wim Wenders, Dean Stockwell, Dwight Yoakam, and David Lynch, who directed Hopper in his 1986 classic, Blue Velvet.

Along for the Ride premieres at New York’s Metrograph cinema Nov. 3 as part of a “Directed by Dennis Hopper” series, playing alongside Easy Rider, Out of the Blue, Colors, The Last Movie, and The Hot Spot. The film opens in Los Angeles, Dec. 8.

Watch the trailer for Along for the Ride above and see the poster for the film, featuring an illustration of Hopper by Akiko Stehrenberger, below.

Akiko Stehrenberger

Along for the Ride opens in New York Nov. 3 and in Los Angeles, Dec. 8.