Sneak peak at long-gestating Vonnegut doc


Kurt Vonnegut and Bob Weide
  • Kurt Vonnegut and Bob Weide

Update, March 4: This event has been postponed. Here's the message from the Vonnegut Library: "Due to a variety of factors, including another 10 inches of snow predicted for Indianapolis to bring in March, we've made the difficult decision to postpone the March 7 visit of Vonnegut documentarian Robert Weide. He's committed to coming back in warmer months, so keep an eye out for another opportunity to meet this Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated producer and get a preview of Kurt Vonnegut: American Made. If you've already purchased tickets, they will be refunded."

Robert Weide - an Emmy-winning director of Curb Your Enthusiasm and several documentaries about comedians - has been working on his documentary about Kurt Vonnegut, now titled Kurt Vonnegut: American Made, for 25 years. But he's finally nailed down a release year (2015), and local audiences will have a chance to take a look at what he's finished thus far on March 7 at the Central Library.

Weide - who wrote and produced the Nick Nolte-starring adaptation of Vonnegut's Mother Night - began filming the Vonnegut documentary in 1988.

Proceeds from the March 7 screening, presented by the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, will help to finance the completion of the documentary. Tickets are available at two levels.

$25 will get you into a 6 p.m. presentation at the Central Library including a conversation with Weide conducted by writer Hugh Vandivier and clips from the documentary.

The $60 VIP ticket includes the aforementioned presentation and a more intimate reception for Weide at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. Weide's co-director, Don Argott, will film the VIP reception for possible inclusion in the final version of the documentary.

Tickets are available through Feb. 28; head to for more.

Weide talked with about the film two years ago: "I first approached [Vonnegut[ about it in 1982 so that's 30 years ago. In fact, there's a letter that I have where I wrote to him saying "If you authorize the documentary," - which he did, he authorized it a month later - I told him I thought I could have the financing within the year, and that was 30 years ago. I started filming him in 1988 and filmed him right up until maybe a year or two before he died in 2007, so it's quite comprehensive."


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