Radio Free Albemuth (film)

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Radio Free Albemuth
Radio Free Albemuth FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by John Alan Simon
Produced by John Alan Simon
Dale Rosenbloom
Stephen Nemeth
Written by John Alan Simon
Based on Radio Free Albemuth 
by Philip K. Dick
Starring Alanis Morissette
Jonathan Scarfe
Release dates
  • February 25, 2010 (2010-02-25) (Sedona)

June 27, 2014 (Limited/VOD)
Running time 110 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $8,493[1]

Radio Free Albemuth is an American film adaptation of the science fiction novel Radio Free Albemuth by author Philip K. Dick, which was written in 1976 and published posthumously in 1985. The film is written, directed, and produced by John Alan Simon and stars Alanis Morissette in a lead role.


Berkeley record store clerk Nick Brady (Jonathan Scarfe) begins to experience strange visions from an entity he calls VALIS that cause him to uproot his family and move to Los Angeles where he becomes a successful music company executive. With the help of best friend, science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick himself (Shea Whigham) and a mysterious woman named Silvia (Alanis Morissette), Nick finds himself drawn into a dangerous political-mystical conspiracy of cosmic proportions. The story is set in an alternate reality America circa 1985 under the authoritarian control of President Fremont (Scott Wilson), in the mold of Richard Nixon. [2]



In February 2004, Utopia Pictures & Television acquired the rights to three novels by science fiction author Philip K. Dick, including the 1985 novel Radio Free Albemuth, considered to be a semi-autobiography of the author. Producer John Alan Simon was attached to produce film adaptations based on the novels, including Radio Free Albemuth.[3] Simon became the writer and director for the film adaptation for Radio Free Albemuth, and filming began in October 2007 in and around Los Angeles.[4]

Simon said that the film may be titled VALIS upon release. He explained, "The script is based at this point almost entirely on Radio Free Albemuth. The financiers like the title VALIS better - so that's the tentative title. Since Radio Free Albemuth is essentially the first draft of VALIS, we ended up with rights to both from the estate of Philip K. Dick." He further commented that "if Radio Free Albemuth is successful, VALIS the book would form the basis for the sequel to VALIS the movie. In other words, the story of VALIS would form the basis for VALIS 2."[5]


The film premiered as a work in-progress on February 27, 2010 at the Sedona International Film Festival.

A trailer for the film was released on March 2, 2011.[6]

The film was released in select cities (in addition to VOD) on June 27, 2014.[7]



  1. ^ "Radio Free Albemuth (2014)". Box Office Mojo. 2014-07-03. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
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  3. ^ Dana Harris (2004-02-01). "Utopia picks Dick works". Variety. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  4. ^ Gregg Goldstein (2007-10-30). "Morissette a novel vision for 'Radio'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2007-11-20. [dead link]
  6. ^ "First trailer for Philip K. Dick’s Radio Free Albemuth with Alanis Morissette". 2011-03-01. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  7. ^ Michelle McCue (2014-06-09). "First Poster For Philip K. Dick's RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH Debuts". We Are Movie Geeks. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 

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