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A Michael W. Dean / Kenneth Shiffrin Production
HUBERT SELBY JR: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow
this photo for more pix from the Robert Downey, Jr. narration
“Selby’s place is in the front rank of American
novelists. His work has the power, the intimacy with suffering and
morality, the honesty and moral urgency of Dostoevsky’s. To understand
Selby’s work is to understand the anguish of America.”
"Last Exit to Brooklyn should explode
like a rusty hellish bombshell over America and still be eagerly read
in a hundred years."
"The Demon is a freight train of a
novel with a climax like a kick in the stomach!"
|Above: photo of Hubert Selby, Jr. in 1989 by James Fee. Used with permission.|
Welcome to CubbyMovie.com--the site for
the labor-of-love documentary on the life and work of legendary cult
writer Hubert Selby, Jr.
Hubert "Cubby" Selby, Jr. (July 23, 1928-April 26, 2004) was the author of Last Exit To Brooklyn, The Room, The Demon, Requiem for a Dream, The Willow Tree, Waiting Period, and a book of short stories, Song of the Silent Snow.
Featuring new interviews with: Hubert Selby, Jr, Lou Reed, Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Darren Aronofsky, Uli Edel, Alexis Arquette, Desmond Nakano, James Remar, Nicolas Winding Refn, Jerry Stahl, Richard Price, Amiri Baraka, Nick Tosches, Gilbert Sorrentino, Michael Lally, Kenneth Shiffrin, James Ragan, Michael Silverblatt, James R. Giles, John Calder, Arthur Boyars, Luke Davies, Jem Cohen, Susan Compo, Matt Polish, Carmine "Tony" DeFeo, Anthony Di Novi, Kaytie Lee, Susan Anton.
Appearing in archive footage: Hubert Selby, Jr, Anthony Kiedis, Henry Rollins, Cameron Johann, Stephen Lang, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Burt Young, Bernard Zette, Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Marlon Wayans, Bill Buell, Jimmie Ray Weeks, James Remar, John Turturro
Narrator: Robert Downey, Jr.
W. Dean & Kenneth Shiffrin
Editor: Ryan Brown
Producers: Michael W. Dean, Ryan Brown
Executive Producers: Suzanne Selby, Kenneth Shiffrin
Narration written by: Michael W. Dean
Pix from the making of the movie.
pix from the making of the movie.
More making of pix
Pix from the Jerry Stahl interview.
Pix from the Alexis Arquette interview.
Pix of our interview with Amiri Baraka
Pix of our interview with James Remar
Pix of our interview with Susan Anton
Interview with our British correspondent, Ian Hawkins, about the making of this movie
Click for a page with audio and pix from the British Obscenity Trial interviews.
Photos of Cubby as a child (courtesy of Suzanne Selby)
Photo of Hubert Selby, Jr. in December, 2003 by Lydia Lam.
Click Ellen Burstyn for more shots from our interview with her:
Click Darren Aronofsky for more shots from our interview with him:
Click Lou Reed to see another photo from our interview with him.
Henry Rollins speaking at Cubby's memorial service,
Co-producers: Merl Edelman, Tracy Hatfield
Re-recording engineer: Dave Bach
Camera, Los Angeles: Michael Dean, Chris Cruse, Geoff Moore, Adam Jeppesen, Adam Hashemi
Camera, New York:
Ray Michel, DJ Brouillard, Jem Cohen, Robert
Sound, New York: Jeff Ent
Camera, Honolulu, Hawaii: Gerard Elmore, Vince Lucero
Camera, London: Ian Hawkins
Camera, Sydney Australia: Bonnie Hart
Sydney Australia second-unit production team captain: Phoebe Hart
Camera, Montreal, Canada: John Christou, Brett Gaylor, and Mila Aung-Thwin (from www. eyesteelfilm.com)
Denmark: Mira Jargil, Maia Kahlke Lorentzen
Camera, DeKalb, IL: Kathy Giles and Stuart Wahlin
Sound, New York: Jeff Ent
Audio engineer of narration: Vincenzo LoRusso
Assistant editors: Shar Alamdari, Meridith Sommers
Music: Douglas Bohm, Allison Lovejoy, Aaron Jones, Brian Wenz, Bob Bartosik, Dr. Jonathan D. Green, Beauty's Confusion, Trey Harrison, Dan Racanelli, Darren Bloom, Twostarsymphony, Lucas Van Lenten, DJ Brouillard, Jean-François Côté, George Earth, John DeBorde, Stefan Gustafsson, Steve Munger Quintet, Martyn LeNoble, Elizabeth Johnson, Michael W. Dean, Jimmie Wood, J J Holiday, Michael Barsimanto, The Imperial Crowns
Geoff Moore, David Morgan, Susan Anton, Ryan Alexander, A. Karno, Helen Zahavi, Jessica Mann, Ian Hawkins, Rebecca Waddington, Bill Shumate, Fern Feller, Harriet Sommers, Bill Ward, Mark McKennon, Suzanne Selby, Hubert Selby, Jr, Lydia Lam
Illustrations/Caricatures: Greg Oakes, Lydia Lam
Additional archive footage: Prelinger Archive
Audio of Cubby
telling hospital story courtesy of Eva-Marie Fredric
Associate Producers: Lydia Lam, Greg Anthony Benjamin, Jonathan Elias, DJ Brouillard, P. Kime Le, Susan Anton, W. Vann Hall, James Jose, Katy Robinson, Ray Michel, Cristy Herman
Special Thanks and Angels
Selby's books on Amazon
Q. "What's the significance of the title 'It/ll Be Better Tomorrow'?"
A. It's taken from page 103 of Selby's The Demon. "It/ll be better tomorrow--it better be!" (The slash is included in Selby's typography).
Cubby's 1975 inscription in Carmine De Feo's copy of Last Exit:
Cubby's 1964 inscription in Gilbert
Sorrentino's copy of Last Exit to Brooklyn: (Gil
was the editor on Last Exit)
(photo credit for both above photos Jerrod Lopes and Shawn Alfaro)
Maureen Nolan and Cubby in August 2003, by Geoff Moore. Used with permission.
the person who put me in touch with Cubby. She was my friend and
neighbor. She died Monday, Aug 30, 2004. 11:30 AM.
After a long battle with Cancer. She is missed. --MWD
Photo of Michael W. Dean for pressContact the director