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Meet the 2014 Sundance Filmmakers #23: Jeffrey Radice Makes an Elegy to Dock Ellis with 'No No: A Dockumentary'

By Indiewire | Indiewire January 15, 2014 at 10:50AM

Jeffrey Radice graduated from Duke University with a degree in cultural anthropology and started out as a film producer. He came to Sundance with short documentaries in 2003 and 2004 ("The King and Dick" and "LSD A Go Go"). He told Indiewire, "'No No' is my first film, an elegy to Dock Ellis."
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Jeffrey Radice graduated from Duke University with a degree in cultural anthropology and started out as a film producer. He came to Sundance with short documentaries in 2003 and 2004 ("The King and Dick" and "LSD A Go Go"). He told Indiewire, "'No No' is my first film, an elegy to Dock Ellis." 

What it's about: "In 1970, Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter on LSD. His outspoken style courted controversy. Dock’s work out of the spotlight is his real legacy."

What it's really about: "It's an intimate portrait of Dock Ellis, and a thorough examination of his claim to have thrown a no-hitter while high on LSD. This film is an honest portrayal of Dock’s rise to stardom, his return to earth after he left the public eye, and his growth and redemption later in life."

Biggest challenge? "How to remain true to Dock's story and raising funds to make it so."

Any films inspire you? "'Hoop Dreams,' 'Dogtown & Z-Boys,' 'When We Were Kings,' 'The Times of Harvey Milk,' 'Searching for Sugar Man'"

Cameras used: "Earlier interviews were shot on a Canon 5D Mark II, and later interviews were on a 5D Mark III."

Did you crowdfund? "Yes. We crowdfunded on Kickstarter." 

Hopes for Sundance audience take-away: "Dock Ellis was a substantial and significant individual, both funnier and more serious than the legend celebrated for an LSD no-hitter. He said what he meant, tipped sacred cows, and he was a force for positive change during and after his career."

What's next? "'MK ULTRA,' a television series set in San Francisco in the 1950s starring the CIA and LSD."

Indiewire invited Sundance Film Festival directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and what they're doing next. We'll be publishing their responses leading up to the 2014 festival. For profiles go HERE.

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