Surreal Reel

It took nearly 20 years to get Frank Herbert’s epic sci-fi novel Dune to the big screen but along the way, Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky had his chance at the helm. The 2013 documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune screens Wednesday, September 17, to give the lowdown on the surrealist’s approach.

Jodorowsky might be most well known for the 1973 film The Holy Mountain. Nearly directly after wrapping that film’s heavily symbolic allegory packed with mind-melting visuals, the director landed the rights to Herbert’s landmark novel. Taking on the tale centering around the desert planet of Arrakis and its much-desired “spice,” Jodorowsky ended up calling upon a diverse palette of talents to try to realize his vision including Pink Floyd, Salvador Dali, and H.R. Giger before the money ran out.

The screening of Jodorowsky’s Dune is at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 West McDowell Road and starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Visit or call 602-257-1880 for more info.

Wed., Sept. 17, 7 p.m., 2014