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DAD STRANGELOVE is a son’s telling the astonishing tale of his legendary father; Terry Southern, a writer and reluctant ‘60s icon who helped transform many of the cultural signposts that defined his extraordinarily creative, turbulent times. Using home movies, archival footage, filmed conversations, a trove of historic and previously unseen photographs, and with unique access to his father’s literary archive, Nile Southern, a writer and filmmaker, brings to life one of the most influential and complex artists of recent times.
DAD STRANGELOVE is a raucous celebration of the bittersweet, roller-coaster life and the outrageous, black humor of the man Gore Vidal once called “the most profoundly witty writer of his generation.” As the link between the Beats and the Beatles, ‘Quality Lit’ and Hollywood, and as the ‘secret weapon’ sought out by the cutting-edge film directors of the ‘60s, Terry Southern emerged as a writer whose Zelig-like presence at the center of his times reveals an insider’s history of mid-20th century arts and letters—an inspiring and cautionary tale for writers and media-makers of today.
Nile Southern is a writer and filmmaker whose award-winning book The Candy Men; The Rollicking Life and Times of the Notorious Novel, CANDY has recently been reprinted. As an assistant to Pablo Ferro (Stanley Kubrick and Hal Ashby’s editorial consultant) and D.A. Pennebaker, In the 1980s, Nile was a trainer in NYC for the Montage editing machine; Nile’s film work has screened at MOMA and in NYC downtown clubs, where he ran the Exploding Limo Film Show; a multi-media cinema installation. As his father’s Literary Executor and the editor of forthcoming Terry Southern books, Nile is uniquely poised to tell the Southern story.
Diane Markrow, an independent filmmaker, is producer of Bay of All Saints, about the notorious water slums in Bahia, Brazil (Audience Award at SXSW & Woods Hole, 2012), and executive producer of RICKY on LEACOCK, about the legendary film pioneer (Telluride, 2010). She was executive producer/producer of No Bigger Than a Minute (POV 2006), and consulting producer for BUKOWSKI: Born Into This (Sundance 2003, Magnolia Pictures, 2004). With Calliope Films, she served as production executive for The Source, about the Beats (Sundance 1999, American Masters, 2001).
D. A. Pennebaker is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of documentary filmmaking. He directed the seminal Don’t Look Back, 1965, and Monterey Pop, 1968. Pennebaker was executive producer on Startup.com, 2001, and David Dawkins’ The Wedding Contract: A Balinese Love Story, now in post-production. He co-directed The War Room, 1993, and received an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2013. He and Chris Hegedus are currently working on Unlocking the Cage, a film about the legal fight for animal rights.