Cast & Crew
Jesse, a law school dropout selling underground newspapers, lives in Montreal with his girl friend, Karen, a nightclub waitress. Both are political activists, but when Jesse is beaten up on the street for selling his papers, Karen begins to long for a peaceful country life. David, an American draft dodger, comes to live with them, and Karen becomes intrigued by his mystic beliefs and unpolitical attitudes. Unable to bring legal action against his attackers, Jesse plans to join the protesters in Chicago for the 1968 Democratic Convention; but Karen leaves with David to join a pacifist commune in the Canadian woods. In Chicago, Jesse records the actions of the protesters, including interviews with Abbie Hoffman, and witnesses the violence and bloody clashes with the police. Shaken and disillusioned, Jesse returns to Montreal and is reunited with Karen, who also has been disillusioned with the escapist life of the commune.
William S. Burroughs
Myna Lee Johnstone
Filmed in 16mm in Montreal and in Chicago during the riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Opened in Toronto in February 1970. First shown at the Venice Film Festival in 1969 with a music score by William Brooks.