L.A.-based filmmaker Andre Perkowski’s Nova Express is an experimental anti-narrative cinematic experience, a kind of ongoing, unfolding pastiche of found footage cobbled together from seemingly random sources, while the soundtrack features a host of recognizable folks reading from William S. Burroughs’s 1964 novel of the same name, people like Allen Ginsberg, Kathleen Cecchin and even Burroughs himself; for this excerpt, we’re hearing a Night Flight fave and latest contributor, Phil Proctor of the Firesign Theatre, reading an excerpt called “The Subliminal Kid.”
Perkowski uses all types of visual mnemonics here, lots of imagery we’ve all seen before —1950s-era secret military base footage, Fedora's film noir detectives, stethoscope doctors plunging hypodermic aiguilles into prone patients, and lots of UFO imagery and astronaut-looking spacemen — and the effect is both familiar and strange at the same time.
Phil Proctor reads "The Subliminal Kid"
The music is by Kristin Palker & Andre Perkowski.
Watch an excerpt from draft 5 of "NOVA EXPRESS" a film by Andre Perkowski