How to Come Alive with Norman Mailer


Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Fri, Jul 5 6:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Sat, Jul 6 6:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Mon, Jul 8 6:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Tue, Jul 9 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Wed, Jul 10 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Thu, Jul 11 3:30 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Documentary Feature
Release Year:2024
Run Time:102 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Jeff Zimbalist


“How to Come Alive with Norman Mailer” explores the rollercoaster life of America’s most controversial and bestselling author of the 20th Century, Norman Mailer.

Propelled by his tremendous ego and contrarian spirit, Mailer’s ceaseless visibility in the public eye lasted 6 decades, during which he had 6 tumultuous marriages, 9 beloved children, 11 bestsellers, 3 arrests, and 2 Pulitzer Prizes.

Prophet, hedonist, violent criminal, literary outlaw, and social provocateur, Mailer’s ideas about love, anger, fear, and courage cut to the core of human nature, are more relevant than ever today, and point to a prescription for waking ourselves up, shaking free of society’s expectations, and coming alive as a people.

The first project with full access to Mailer’s family and their archive, the film unearths a treasure trove of intimate and never-before-seen footage, outtakes, audio recordings, and interviews from throughout his life. Mailer lays himself bare, foibles and all.

As a lover, fighter, rabble-rouser, and perhaps the last true American public intellectual, he seeks most of all to become a bolder, better human being and encourages us to do the same — to think adventurously, speak fearlessly, and care less about the response... or risk a doomed future.