Henry Miller is Not Dead is an innovative exploration into the life of literary artist Henry Miller. Tropic of Cancer, widely considered Miller's masterpiece, is a reference point throughout the film.
The film brings together interview segments with Miller, film clips, and a stream-of-consciousness format punctuated by the eclectic music of Laurie Anderson. Miller reflects on his tortured relationship with his parents and his personal decision to pursue the life of an artist, despite the implications of financial insecurity. These revelations forge an understanding of his need to create--the basis of his rebellion against society, and his philosophies on writing, painting and life itself. The result is a fascinating portrait of a maverick artist and philosopher.