On the 30th anniversary of his own death, the angelic spirit of Jack Kerouac--legendary author of On the Road--returns to Earth in the abandoned body of a street bum and drops in on a poetry slam being held in his honor--- "a generation is waiting to be written."
Kerouac returns: the story of BEAT ANGEL - a film starring Vincent Balestri
Gerard Tripp (Frank Tabbita), bitter from a long-ago brush with literary success, lives alone in an abandoned hotel. Like the decrepit building, his life crumbles around him. As the bulding's nominal caretaker, he has plenty of time for literary pursuits.
copyright 2006 Beat Angel Productions LLC
WRITTEN BY BRUCE BOYLE, FRANK TABBITA,
RANDY ALLRED AND VINCENT BALESTRI
VINCENT BALESTRI in
He writes by night, purely for himself, then locks his manuscripts away in a trunk---undiminished by editors, critics, readers. No one knows Gerard still writes, not even his sometimes-girlfriend Carol (Lisa Niemi), who owns his favorite tavern.
Vic, an old college chum, is in town to offer Gerard a job as a commercial literary executive. Gerard doesn't want to be an editor, but he's about to lose his job and home at the old hotel.
"Jack" becomes the star of the slam! Gerard, amused at first, grows wary and determines to unmask the imposter when Jack recites one of Gerard's hidden poems.
After the slam, Jack leads Mary, Carol and Gerard through a night of revelation. When Gerard sleeps, Jack enters his dreams and becomes his Big Sur nightmare.
But Gerard seems to know a lot about the "King of the Beats" and he vividly recounts Kerouac's grisly 1969 death from alcoholism. As he speaks, a pitiful hobo (Vincent Balestri) wanders in. Past and present collide as the hobo falls dead---then miraculously comes back to life, telling the stunned crowd his name is "Jack...Jack Kerouac!"
When some young poets in Carol's bar prepare a poetry slam for the 30th anniversary of Jack Kerouac's "Death Day," Gerard loudly derides the legendary On the Road author---"most overrated writer of the century!" he tells them--and selfishly spurns questions from Mary (Amy Humphrey), a young writer seeking advice and inspiration.