New Television Workshop Collection

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Lathe of Heaven, The

Copyright Date:
1979

Copyright Holder:
Educational Broadcasting Corporation

Artists:
Swaybill, Roger E.
English, Diane

Extent:
2 videocassettes of 2 (120 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.


Background:
This was a drama produced with WNET. Although the Workshop does not appear to be credited directly, Fred Barzyk's time may have been partially paid for by Workshop funds.

Scope:
Includes two 3/4" screening copies.

This futuristic science-fiction film set in Portland, Oregon was written by Roger E. Swaybill and Diane English, and is based on a novel by Ursula K. Le Guin. A young man believes he has dreams that influence reality, though only he is aware of the resulting changes. He goes to a dream therapist who uses a new device to manipulate his dreams. When the doctor begins to manipulate the patient's dreams for his own purposes, the patient resists but finds he cannot stop him. The doctor's posthypnotic suggestions have unintended, temporary effects, including the destruction of mankind and alien invasions. Includes special effects and synthesized music.

Synthesized music composed and conducted by Michael Small.



Directors:
Loxton, David
Barzyk, Fred
Rich, Lisa (Assistant Director)

Producers:
Loxton, David (Executive Producer)
Barzyk, Fred
Brandenberg, Carol (Associate Producer)

Coproducers:
WNET, New York
Taurus-Film

Editor:
Bartlett, Dick

Funder:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Performers:
Davison, Bruce (George Orr)
Conway, Kevin (Dr. William Haber)
Avery, Margaret (Lelache, Heather)

Subjects:
Dreams


Genre:
Science fiction





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