Sneak Peek at our Four Vonnegut Films for VonnegutFest!

As part of VonnegutFest 2017, we’re thrilled to host a special Vonnegut Sessions event on Friday, November 10 at 6:30 pm at KVML’s Frank and Katrina Basile Community Room.

Most of you know Kurt Vonnegut for his best-selling novels including Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat’s Cradle, Breakfast of Champions, and others. But Vonnegut got his literary start writing short stories for magazines in the late 1940s and  into the 1950s. As you may also know, local author and editor Dan Wakefield and editor Jerome Klinkowitz recently compiled all of Vonnegut’s short stories including five never before published stories into one big 900-page volume: Kurt Vonnegut Complete Stories. The book is available now through KVML at

At the same time, several independent filmmakers have worked to create adaptations of some of Vonnegut’s short stories.  And with the help of these filmmakers – Hannah Earl, Leon Coward, Danielle Katvan and Saleah Smith, and Jessica Hester and Caitlin Engel –  we are screening the films during VonnegutFest for FREE! What a great way to spend a Friday night – so grab a friend and stop on by for a great night of Vonnegut.

Want to learn more about the films before VonnegutFest? Here’s a short primer!


According to Hannah Earl of The Moving Picture Institute, 2081 is “a stunning adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s short story Harrison Bergeron2081 is set in a dystopian future where everyone is ‘equal every which way.’  It’s a world in which a Handicapper General goes to enormous lengths to prevent competition and to eliminate innate human differences and natural talents. It is a stifling world that punishes individualism. 2081 stars James Cosmo (BraveheartTroyChronicles of NarniaTrainspotting), Julie Hagerty (Airplane!What About Bob?), and Armie Hammer (The Lone RangerThe Social Network). It features a hauntingly beautiful musical score performed by the world-famous Kronos Quartet.”

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2BR02B: To Be or Naught to Be

2BR02B: To Be or Naught to Be comes to VonnegutFest from Leon Coward, the Associate Producer, Art Director, Editor, and Composer of the short film, which was a three-year international collaboration and has been selected for 17 international festivals (including New York, Boston, Miami, Ireland, London), two Oscar-qualifying festivals, and has received many nominations and two Best Sci-Fi awards (California and Sydney). The film recently won a Best Film award in Toronto.

According to Coward, “In the year 2204, the Earth has become a dystopian wasteland.  In order to maintain strict population levels, any newborn is only permitted to live if another person’s life is traded in and a receipt issued. Edward K. Wehling, Jr. sits in Chicago Lying-In Hospital waiting for the birth of his triplets, except he has no receipts to collect them.

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Long Walk to Forever

‘Long Walk to Forever’ is a gentle satire of the societal institution of matrimony that has overshadowed and complicated the natural response of falling in love. The only characters who appear and speak are a girl named Catharine and her long-time friend, Newt. The two had grown up next door to each other, on the fringe of a city, near fields and woods and orchards, within sight of a lovely bell tower that belonged to a school for the blind. Vonnegut tells the simplest of love stories, illustrating the theme of natural response and listening to one’s heart. One foot in front of the other, on the way to forever.

The film is directed by Jessica Hester; Produced by Adam Bradley, Caitlin Engel, and Jessica Hester; Cinematography by Hugh ScullyEditors- Derek Schweickart, Nathan Shields, and James E. Talluto;Music Sup.  Joseph DiGiorgi

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The Foster Portfolio

The Foster Portfolio , directed by Danielle Katvan and produced by Saleah Smith, is an offbeat, mid-century tale about a rookie investment counselor who discovers that his penniless client is hiding a million-dollar inheritance in order to conceal a strange, double life!

According to the film’s director, Danielle, Katvan, “When Jim arrives at Herbert Foster’s home to counsel him on his finances, he is clearly disappointed by his prospective client. The simple grocery clerk works two jobs to support his wife and child, and the family can barely make ends meet. But when Herbert Foster reveals a secret inheritance worth a fortune, the young investment counselor’s attitude quickly changes. As his firm begins to invest Herbert’s inheritance, Jim comes to realize that Herbert has no intention of touching any of the money – not even to let him out of working his second job. Frustrated by Herbert’s rejection of the very values he lives by, Jim digs into Herbert’s past and uncovers his strange, double life.”

“The Foster Portfolio is a story about appearances and what lies beneath them. It is a study of human nature in a materialistic society and the lengths to which one will go to indulge in their true passions,” Katvan adds.

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Special thanks to Dusty Frey and Daniel Jacobson of Public House Cinema for working with the directors and producers to secure these films for us and handle all the logistics. We are grateful!

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