The movie Along For The Ride is a revealing portrait of Dennis Hopper and journey through a 47 year friendship and brotherhood with right-hand man Satya de la Manitou. The film premiered at the 2016 Venice Film Festival and went on to play the 2017 Il Cinema Ritrovato festival, inspiring the current ‘restoration in progress’ for Hopper’s passion project The Last Movie.
Method actor, filmmaker, photographer, fine artist, art collector, and all-American madman—the many sides of Dennis Hopper are explored in Nick Ebeling’s remarkable documentary confirming Hopper as a major filmmaker, a fact often eclipsed by his legend. Through the triumph of Easy Rider, the magnificent career suicide of THE LAST MOVIE, the overlooked masterpiece Out Of The Blue, and a midlife comeback after plenty of booze and brawling, Along For The Ride is a vivacious work of film biography with a freewheeling style that’s only appropriate to its anarchic subject.
Offering commentary from a rich array of figures from Hopper’s life, Along for the Ride features insightful contributions from Frank Gehry, Ed Ruscha, Tony Shafrazi, Wim Wenders, David Lynch, Michael Madsen, Dean Stockwell, Russ Tamblyn, Linda Manz, Damon Albarn & Jamie Hewett, Julian Schnabel and Dwight Yoakam – all set to a dazzling original score by Gemma Thompson of the critically acclaimed band Savages.