An homage to Catcher in the Rye set in Minneapolis in the summer of 1968, Purple Haze stars Peter Nelson as an alienated, long-haired Matt Caulfield. Kicked out of Princeton, Caufield returns home to bum around the West Bank with a “chemically dependent” friend. The pair escape their fraught family relationships by going to parties, climbing under bridges on the Mississippi, and hanging out at a friend’s radio station. Amid carefree summer-of-love adventures, the young men must accept and face the constant threat of their impending draft notice. Set to a score that includes Hendrix, Cream, and the Jefferson Airplane. 1982, 35mm, 97 minutes.
Director David Burton Morris and writer/producer Victoria Wozniak in person.