|Directed by||Ed Harker|
|Produced by||Erin Nico|
|Written by||Ed Harker|
Philip Baker Hall
Dream On! is a film which premiered in 1981 at the Festival International du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal. It was shot in 16mm film from 1975 to 1980, and was blown up to 35mm in 1984. The film's action follows a group of young actors as they struggle to survive in L.A. and hang on to their artistic principles. Ed Harris and Paul "Pee-wee Herman" Reubens have since become well known actors.
No relation to the later cable-TV sitcom of the same name, Dream On! is a tale of struggling LA actors seeking out an audience. This talented but impoverished troupe stages a "guerilla theatre" production, wherein each actor takes on a variety of characterizations. Given that the actors include an ex-hooker and a pair of mismatched homosexuals, perhaps the troupe is using their production as a means of escaping the torments of their own lives. Perhaps nothing—that's just what they're doing.
Awards and nominations
- Honorable Mention (Roger Ebert) at the US Film and Video Festival (Sundance Film Festival), 1983
- Silver Award at the Festival of the Americas (Houston), 1983