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In 2010, a feature about Allen Ginsberg’s epic poem “Howl” written and directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman premiered in competition on opening night of the Sundance Film Festival. This year, two adaptations of Beat novels will screen at the festival: “Kill Your Darlings,” based on an early William Burroughs/Jack Kerouac collaboration, will compete for the dramatic grand jury prize once it premieres Friday afternoon, and a version of Kerouac’s late-career novel “Big Sur” will show as part of the Premieres line-up Wednesday, Jan. 23. These, of course, come on the heels of Walter Salles’ and Jose Rivera’s elliptical adaptation of the book that elevated the Beats to national recognition in 1957, Kerouac’s “On the Road,” which opened in theaters at the end of 2012. Read More: The Women of 'On the Road': Fact, Fiction or Fantasy? The work of the Beats has periodically bubbled up. »

- Regina Weinreich

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