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Between Time and Timbuktu

Alternative Title:
Between Time and Timbuk Too

Copyright Date:
1971

Copyright Holder:
Educational Broadcasting Corporation

Artist:
Vonnegut, Kurt, Jr.

Extent:
1 videoreel of 1 (90 min.) : sd., col. ; 2 in.
1 videoreel of 1 (90 min.) : sd., col. ; 1 in.
1 videoreel of 1 (Betacam SP) (90 min.) : sd., col. ; 1 in.
1 videocassette of 1 : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
1 videocassette of 1 : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
1 videocassette of 1 : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.

Background:
This was broadcast on an episode of the NET series "Playhouse." It is unclear whether or not the Workshop sponsored Fred Barzyk's and Olivia Tappan's time on this project or not.

Scope:
Includes 2" and 1" masters, a Betacam SP preservation master, and multiple 3/4" screening copies.

This work is based on materials by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Stony Stevenson wins first prize in a space poetry competition and trains to become an astronaut. Newscasters track his progress as he travels through space and time in the Prometheus Five space ship. Mission control loses track of his movements, and he finds himself wandering from one bizarre situation to another. Elements of various Kurt Vonnegut stories are incorporated, and Stony finds himself on the island of San Lorenzo with the outlawed spiritual leader Bokonon, in a bizarre totalitarian courtroom, in a laboratory where the "Ice Nine" formula is being created, in a society where everyone's talents are equalized by government-imposed "handicaps," and in a suicide assistance "parlor." Finally, Stony meets a young girl on a fire engine, and she tells him he is in heaven. The parade that ensues is interrupted by the appearance of an Adolf Hitler figure who is supposed to represent death. He and Stony face off in a match that Stony pegs as "death against imagination" with Stony as the victor. In the final scene of the work, Stony finds himself back at his own grave on earth, where he is told that his space ship arrived at its destination, but his body was never found. Vonnegut's works were adapted for television by Fred Barzyk, David Loxton, and David Odell. David Atwood provided special effects, some of which appear to have used the Paik-Abe videosynthesizer.



Directors:
Barzyk, Fred
Estus, Boyd (Director of Photography)

Producers:
Loxton, David
Herman, Matthew N. (Associate Producer)
Tappan, Olivia (Associate Producer)
Venza, Jac (Executive Producer)

Coproducers:
NET
WGBH, Boston

Editors:
Bartlett, Dick
Shane, Steve (Assistant Editor)

Funders:
Ford Foundation
Rockefeller Foundation

Performers:
Morrow, Bruce (Contest Announcer)
Duckworth, Dorothea (Mrs. Stevenson)
Hickey, William (Stony Stevenson)
Goulding, Ray (Walter Gesunheit)
Elliot, Bob (Bud Williams)
Cover, Franklin (Col. Donald "Tex" Pirandello)
Morash, Russell (Sandy Abernathy)
Denton, Bobby (John Devlin)
Garner, Jay (President Rosewater)
McCarthy, Kevin (Bokonon)
Gershman, Jerry (Sergeant)
Lynch, Edie (Island Girl)
Sloyan, Jamie (Dr. Paul Proteus)
Serries, George (Prosecutor)
Westcott, Ashley (Deaf Juror)
Peters, John (Drunk)
Stenborg, Helen (Miss Martin)
Hatfield, Hurd (Dr. Hoenikker)
Sweet, Dolph (General)
Hamilton, Harriet (Lead Caroler)
Amato, Sam (Policeman)
Venuta, Benay (Diana Moon Clampers)
Power, Carlton (First Stagehand)
Sanocki, Jean (Second Stagehand)
Shipley, Jack (News Announcer)
Hoff, Alexis (Ballerina)
Haerum, Avind (Harrison Bergeron)
Dolan, Frank (Short Order Cook)
Sullivan, Susan (Hostess)
White, Chales (Lionel J. Howard)
Bruns, Phillip (Announcer)
Munker, Arianne (Wanda June)
Johnson, Page (Hitler)
Dixon, McIntyre (Cemetery Gardener)






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