It is not often that a distributor provides such an exhaustive supply of related materials for the films that we show. The media kit for Punishment Park was so informative and thorough, I feel I’d be remiss if I did not share it with you, since it’s unlikely we’ll find this kind of context in any new critical reviews. In addition to the essay and filmmaker biography posted below (click for a bigger version), you can download the original 1971 press kit here, and an even more complete selection of press responses to the film here.
As film writing as well as a history lesson, it all makes a fascinating read. Enjoy, and you can catch Punishment Park at Northwest Film Forum July 2-8.