Bellamy Road

Lecture by Andrew Gordon, Associate Professor of English, University of Florida

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In a series of films celebrating the creative genius of the Beat Generation, Bellamy Road will screen films three consecutive Saturday evenings in the month of May. On the opening night May 3, 2008 Andrew Gordon will deliver a talk on the literary giants of the movement before screening Pull My Daisy. An experimental film (28 minutes) by Robert Frank and narrated by Jack Kerouac, it was produced in 1958 and has since become the iconic film of the Beat Generation. Hors d’ oeuvres and beverages will be served and seating is limited (60) for the 7 p.m. start time. The event is free, so reservations are encouraged.

The following Saturday, May 10, John Antonelli’s 1985 award-winning biography, Jack Kerouac (King of the Beats), will be shown (78 minutes) at 7 p.m.

 Next up on the 17th is The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg, a film by Jerry Aronson (84 minutes) produced in 2005.

Closing the series (and our season finale), Bellamy Road will host an invitation-only, Beat costume, dance party with Dino Lorenzo’s jazz quartet, readings of Beat poems, and a short slide show of Beat sites in San Francisco and Denver by Keith Bollum and David T. Warner.  Throughout the series our walls will be adorned by artworks of abstract expressionist painter Ruth Harley, on loan to Bellamy Road. Also showing are drawings by Lawrence Ferlinghetti from a local private collection.

Receptions and events at Bellamy Road are catered by Blue Water Bay -- visit their website

Site design and maintenance:

(RIGHT) Beat Headquarters in San Francisco, Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s bookstore.

(LEFT) Menu board at Vesuvio Café next to City Lights Books

Bellamy Road is open Friday through Sunday from noon to 7 P.M. (5 on Sunday).

The address is 5910 Hampton Street, Melrose, Florida 32666 on State Road 26. Phone is (352) 475-3435. Also contact by email or cell phone (352) 283-9700.

Bellamy Road (The David Turner Warner Foundation, Inc.) was incorporated in 2008 as a 501 (c) (3) private operating foundation. It will support the work of creative artists in the visual arts, literature, film, music and other performing arts. It will provide financial aid to emerging and established artists, and will provide opportunities to create and display diverse artistic, cultural and spiritual expressions.

Thanks to the artists and our patrons, friends, volunteers and well-wishers who have made it such a joy to present our programs to the public. Please visit this website in the future for information on our Fall 2008 schedule, which begins in October.

Photos from Robby Rucker - Gary Haskins Opening