The 1969 American independent road drama film was written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Terry Southern; produced by Fonda; and directed by Hopper. Fonda and Hopper played two bikers who travel through the American Southwest and South carrying the proceeds from a cocaine deal. The success of “Easy Rider” helped spark the New Hollywood era of filmmaking during the early 1970s. A landmark counterculture film and a touchstone for a generation that captured the national imagination, “Easy Rider” explores the societal landscape, issues and tensions in the United States during the 1960s, such as the rise of the hippie movement, drug use, and communal lifestyle. Rated R “Easy Rider” will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17. Tickets are $7 or $5 for students. They are available in advance at thevarsitycenter.eventbrite.com and at the venue when doors open; they are not available in advance at the venue. Doors and Varsity Bar open at 6:30. The Varsity is downtown Carbondale at 418 S. Illinois Ave. To keep up with all upcoming events, go to www.facebook.com/varsitycenter.