The amazing adventures of novelist and Paris Review co-founder H.L. "Doc" Humes, featuring a paper house, the Hip Messiah, Don Peyote, Timothy Leary, George Plimpton, Norman Mailer, Paul Auster, the FBI, the CIA, marijuana, massage, utopia-and paranoia. Author of two extraordinary novels, Doc was a 1950?s NYC intellectual, a ?60s free speech militant, and a ?70s visionary crazy genius. DOC packs in decades of cultural history, a poignant personal long-strange-trip, and a fount of ever-relevant ideas. Critics have called it "exquisite," "fascinating," "engaging," nothing short of inspiring... deliciously ironic."
Immy Humes is a native New Yorker, Queens-lover, and Academy-Award nominated documentary filmmaker. She has made films about all kinds of things, including dogs, murder, and family. She is now working on a film about unemployment, parts of which are currently online in Salon.com's new video series F**KED: The United States of Unemployment.
Harold Louis “Doc” Humes, was my father, but I always found him impossible to describe or
explain. He defied labels and was full of contradictions. He was a utopian paranoid;
famous and completely forgotten; crazy and not — at different times of his life, and at
the same time. I started this film when Doc was dying in 1992, and slowly collected
material, stitching it all together into a big, layered crazy quilt. The cast, of his
family and friends, includes writers George Plimpton, Norman Mailer, Peter Matthiessen,
William Styron and Paul Auster; avant-garde filmmaker Jonas Mekas; and Timothy Leary,
pied piper of LSD.