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Kerouac group to screen documentary Sunday

Bill DeYoung



Jack Kerouac (1922-1969). Photo provided.

Go moan for man. It’s the pathos of people that gets us down, all the lovers in this dream. ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Filmmaker Doug Sharples’ documentary Go Moan For Man: The Literary Odyssey of Jack Kerouac will be screened twice Sunday at Green Light Cinema in downtown St. Petersburg, in honor of what would have been the iconic writer’s 101st birthday.

The screenings, at 2 and 5 p.m., are part of the annual birthday event put on by the local nonprofit the Friends of Jack Kerouac.

The author of On The Road, Desolation Angels, The Dharma Bums and more died in St. Petersburg in 1969. His last house has been turned into a Kerouac shrine and destination for fans. Homeowner Ken Burchenal will participate in a Q&A session following each showing of Go Moan For Man, along with Erik Deckers, president of the Orlando-based Kerouac Project.

The filmmaker’s widow and daughter will also be in attendance.

Filmmaker Doug Shaples shoots a re-enactment. Photo provided.

The film blends black and white re-enactments of pivotal moments in Kerouac’s life and career with interviews with other Beat authors, poets and literary figures including David Amram, William S. Burroughs, Ann Charters, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Joyce Johnson, Jan Kerouac (the author’s only child, 1952-1996), Stella Sampas Kerouac (his third wife), Ken Kesey and Timothy Leary.

It also depicts the apartment buildings, houses, schools, churches, mountains, cities and roads of Kerouac’s life, and those in his books.

The Friends’ annual Tour de Kerouac bicycle tour of St. Pete locations will take place March 26.

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