Director: Michael Caplan Run Time: 86 min.
Including never-before-seen archival footage, newly uncovered audio recordings, and his own rarely seen, personal photo collages, ALGREN charts the rise and fall of Nelson Algren, a man whose transgressions, compassion, and thirst for justice pushed him to dedicate his life and career to giving a voice to the voiceless. Through interviews with Algren’s friends, literary experts, and artists—including John Sayles, William Friedkin, Philip Kaufman, Billy Corgan, and Wayne Kramer—the film reveals an intimate, witty, and even antagonistic portrait of a tireless champion of America’s most marginalized. More than 70 years after earning his history-making National Book Award, Algren’s work is at once a time capsule of Chicago’s mid-century grit and a catalyst for contemporary political, cultural and social progress.
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