October 4th, 2012
Film Festivals, Interviews, John Alan Simon, Philip K. Dick

Philip K Dick Fans gathered in San Francisco to celebrate the SciFi Visionary at the Philip K Dick Festival. Three days of salons, seminars and a special screening of Radio Free Albemuth.

How is it that one writer has such an impact on literature and Hollywood?

The Verge team interviewed  Radio Free Albemuth director John Alan Simon, noted novelist Jonathan Lethem, who with Pamela Jackson edited PKD’s writings The Exegesis, and David Gill, of Total DickHead website, in search of the answer.

Watch the video on YouTube.

Read the full article at The Verge: “More Human Than Human: How Philip K Dick Can Change Your Life.” by Jesse Hicks

Watch the video on The Verge.

RFA   at   PHILIP   K.   DICK   FESTIVAL  -   San   Francisco

August 25th, 2012
Film Festivals, Indie Films, John Alan Simon, Philip K. Dick

RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH is the centerpiece of  Philip K. Dick Festival in San Francisco, September 22 – 23, 2012.

Special Screening of RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH

Saturday, September 22, 8 pm

Post screening Discussion with writer/director

John Alan Simon.


The Bay Area, home to Philip K. Dick for the majority of his lifetime, is the perfect location for the event, allowing fans and scholars to step into Dick’s own past and retrace his steps in this vibrant city by the bay. Sept 22-23, 2012 will be a weekend long celebration and examination of Dick’s life and work with attendees from all over the world.

The conference’s guest of honor will be none other than Jonathan Lethem, the editor for Philip K Dick’s three volumes from the prestigious Library of America, an editor of The Exegesis of Philip K Dick (from Houghton Mifflin), and a celebrated novelist in his own right. Lethem currently holds the Roy E. Disney Chair in Creative Writing at Pomona College and his writing about Philip K Dick appears in his essay collections The Disappointment Artist, and The Ecstasy of Influence.

Other confirmed guests include: Pam Jackson (Editor, Philip K Dick’s Exegesis), Erik Davis (Annotations Editor for the recent publication of The Exegesis), John Alan Simon (director of Radio Free Albemuth), Sam Umland (Chair of English Department at University of Nebraska Kearney and author of Contemporary Critical Interpretations: Philip K Dick), Douglas Mackey (author of Philip K Dick, Twayne’s United States Author Series), Umberto Rossi (independent scholar and author ofThe Twisted Worlds of Philip K Dick), Marc Haefele (an Assistant Editor at Doubleday who worked with Philip K Dick on his masterpiece novels Ubik and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), William Sarill (a longtime friend of Philip K Dick who helped Dick develop the religious system in his novel A Maze of Death), and many, many more.

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Philip K. Dick Festival Schedule


Radio Free Albemuth – BEST FILM ADAPTATION Award at Sci-Fi-London International Film Festival

June 26th, 2012
Film Festivals, John Alan Simon, Philip K. Dick

“In our view, the best adaptation of PKD’s works to screen by far.”  - SciFi London Intl. Film Festival



“We [ Sci-Fi London International Film Festival ] also added a new award to honour John Simon’s RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH. We wanted to recognise the truest adaptation of a Philip K. Dick story to screen.”

~ Louis Savy and Sci Fi London Film Festival


March 8th, 2012
Film Festivals, John Alan Simon, Philip K. Dick

RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH at  SFF Rated – International Science Fiction & Fantasy Film Festival of Athens

Radio Free Albemuth screens Sunday March 11, 8 pm  and Tuesday, March 13 at 9:15 pm.

Mikrokosmos Film Center

Writer/Director John Alan Simon in attendance.

Full Schedule

Director John Alan Simon Interview on Adapting Philip K. Dick Novel to Film

February 12th, 2012
Indie Films, Interviews, John Alan Simon, Philip K. Dick

Listen Live: Sunday, February 12, 10 am PST

Independent Streak interviews John Alan Simon on adapting Philip K. Dick novel Radio Free Albemuth to feature film.

Call in number to speak with the host Rachel Galvin: (760) 888-5800


November 20th, 2011
Articles, Indie Films, Interviews, John Alan Simon, Philip K. Dick

Danish journalist Kristian Lindberg says of RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH:

“…the narrative is crystal clear, logical and forward-moving. The film also delves into the question of how to preserve your humanity in a world that is ravaged and corrupted by oppression.” (Kristian Lindberg, Berlingske, Denmark)

Radio Free Albemuth writer/director/producer John Alan Simon interviewed by Kristian Lindberg for one of Denmark’s leading newspaper, Berlingske.

Radio Free Albemuth invited to screen at Danish Film Institute’s Philip K. Dick Retrospective on November 17 and 26. in Copenhagen. Other PKD films screening are Blade Runner, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly, Total Recall, Adjustment Bureau.

Radio Free Albemuth in Copenhagen

November 17th, 2011
Film Festivals, Philip K. Dick

Radio Free Albemuth invited to screen at Danish Film Institute Philip K. Dick Retrospective. Other PKD films invited: Blade Runner, Minority Report, Adjustment Bureau, A Scanner Darkly and Total Recall.

Radio Free Albemuth screens Thursday, November 17, 7 pm and Saturday, November 26, 5 pm in Copenhagen at the Danish Film Institute.

Photo courtesy of Det Danske Film Institut.