IFC Films released the official trailer for Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time, a biography of author Kurt Vonnegut, and the 25-year friendship with the filmmaker Robert Weide, who set out to document it. The documentary plays at DOC NYC from November 11 – 19, 2021 and opens in theaters and on VOD on November 19, 2021.
The documentary is a deep, immersive dive into the author’s upbringing and his creative output. It spans his childhood in Indianapolis, his experience as a Prisoner of War in World War II, his marriage, family, and divorce, his early careers as a publicist for General Electric and a car salesman, and his long years as a struggling writer, leading to eventual superstardom in 1969 following the publication of his lightning-bolt anti-war novel Slaughterhouse-Five.
The film began 39 years ago when young, struggling filmmaker Robert Weide (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth) wrote a letter to his literary idol proposing a documentary on Vonnegut’s life and work. Shooting began in 1988 and the resulting film reflects the friendship and bond Weide and Vonnegut formed over the decades.
Watch the official trailer for Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time