Radio Free Albemuth Kickstarter Campaign Launched

Radio Free AlbemuthUp into now, the film Radio Free Albemuth has only been shown and available at special events like the Philip K. Dick Festival, the Hugo Awards at Worldcon, Science Fiction Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Seattle, and in the near future at the Indie Night Series at Lincoln Center Film Society in New York.

The film has received excellent reviews and when screening the film, it has received an enthusiastic response. Unfortunately the major distribution companies have not selected this film for wide spread release. The filmmakers believe that there is an audience who would like to view Radio Free Albemuth, and have been trying since 2010 (when the film was completed) to show the film as often as was possible but many potential audience members are still denied access to see it. I am one of these frustrated potential audience members who because of geography, haven’t been able to attend any of the locations Radio Free Albemuth has been screened.

Because of these reasons the filmmakers have decided to try the self-distribution (DIY) route. Like many frustrated artists, writers, filmmakers, etc., they have created a Kickstarter project to raise the money to distribute Radio Free Albemuth to a wider audience. The link to the Kickstarter project is Please help support the distribution of this film. From what I have heard and read it is the most faithful adaptation of any of Philip K. Dick’s novels.

Here are some links for more information about Radio Free Albemuth not coming from the filmmakers:

The filmmakers have been advertising Radio Free Albemuth in social media in addition to the press they receive at the events where the film is shown.:

Click on the image below to play a short from the filmmakers about this project:

New Issue of PKD Otaku

PKD Otaku Issue 28A new issue of PKD Otaku has been published. You can view it here: PKD Otaku Issue 28 or view past issues.

Please be patient after clicking on the link for this issue. The file is large and requires more time to download. An alternative would be to save the file to your computer and read the issue from there.

This issue of PKD Otaku holds special significance because of two related reasons. First, the issue is entirely devoted to the life and recent death of Paul Williams and second, the issue was published on May 19th, 2013 which would have been Paul Williams 65th birthday. This beloved man definitely will be missed.

Radio Free Albemuth Release Plan and an appeal for help

I recently received an email from the filmmakers and promoters of Radio Free Albemuth with some great news and with an appeal for help from the movie’s fans (including anyone who hasn’t been able to see it yet but wants to like me). Here is what they wrote:

Radio Free Albemuth Release Plan (We need your help)

For Radio Free Albemuth Fans

Two Big News Items to Share!


Radio Free Albemuth has been selected to screen at Lincoln Center Film Society as part of their curated, prestigious ‘Indie Night’ Film Series on June 4. They are flying writer/director John Alan Simon in for conversation after the screening to be interviewed by producer Christin Vachon. If you are in New York City, we would love to see you there.


Radio Free AlbemuthEven more important news – We are launching our Kickstarter campaign this weekend for RFA distribution.

It has been a long and winding road but we are finally ready to bring Radio Free Albemuth to the general public.

While we’ve had great receptions at every screening and special events we’ve played around the world, it’s became clear to us that if we want to release this film properly we would have to pursue the Hybrid distribution model – engineering the modest theatrical component ourselves for the publicity and reviews to maximize the digital release.

The Kickstarter campaign will raise the funds to play Radio Free Albemuth in theaters around the country and to release it on DVD and Digitally so that audiences can have the chance to see this film that’s already received glowing advance review from Variety and the PKD fan/sci-fi community.

Grass roots efforts like this depend on support from friends and fans of the film — especially early on in the campaign.

Tell your friends, family, and coworkers. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

We simply can’t reach our goal without your support in the outreach effort. Even to simply tell 5 friends about this film with an email link will make a big difference.

There will be cool rewards at every pledge level!

Any help blogging or promoting the campaign is much appreciated! If you have any suggestions and/or connections for places to reach out to PLEASE let us know.

Whatever you do is appreciated. You’ve helped make this moment possible. You’ll be the first to know when the campaign is launched!

We believe in the power of Philip K Dick’s story and we think this has the ability to connect with both the loyal faithful reader and sci-fi fans as well those previously unaware of his work.

Thank you for all the love and support! We know we have the best fans out there!
Sincerely yours,

The Radio Free Albemuth Team
John Alan Simon
Chip Rosenbloom
Stephen Nemeth
Elizabeth Karr

Radio Free Albemuth

Recently Published Reference Work By David Hyde

An Index to the Selected Letters of Philip K. Dick: 1974David Hyde has written/compiled a Philip K. Dick reference that astounded me. An Index to the Selected Letters of Philip K. Dick: 1974 was recently published and the book doesn’t only contain an index of topics and what letters they appear in. The reference work also includes a summary and discussion of the content of the letters written by David Hyde so if you don’t own a copy of the 1974 letters, you can still understand what Philip K. Dick wrote about and experienced in 1974, a pivotal year for Dick and for scholars.

The book is available now as a trade paperback or in Kindle format.