8.30pm: The Devil and Daniel Johnston
(Dir: Jeff Feuerzeig, USA, 2006, 110mins)
as part of Sound+Vision
This film take you on a journey into a creative genius' struggle with life. Daniel Johnston recorded his entire life on cassette tape and his early life on film. Later he appeared on MTV, and in venues in Austin, TX on film and video. These provide the film-maker with a wide array of media for telling this story.
Filmmaker Jeff Feuerzeig chronicles the life of a manic-depressive musician and artist, using a blend of home movies, Johnston's own audiotapes, vintage performances and current footage. Johnston has recorded more than 10 full-length albums and amassed a prolific portfolio of sketches, and has among his supporters Matt Groening, David Bowie, Sonic Youth, Beck, and Tom Waits.
It deservedly won the Directors Award at Sundance 2005, and I think it would have won the audience award if it had a different play schedule.
Presented in association with accessCINEMA.