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devil and daniel johnston, the

USA, 2005 (MIFF 2005, Backbeat: Music on Film)

Director: Jeff Feuerzeig

devil and daniel johnston, the
According to Kurt Cobain, Daniel Johnston was the greatest songwriter on earth. Musician, cult outsider artist and manic depressive, Daniel Johnston's wild behavioural fluctuations, downward-spirals and delusions of grandeur have ensured that he remains an enigma to the music industry, but to others he is simply an unrewarded genius. As a reclusive teenager, Johnston showed signs of unusual artistic ability, creating intuitive super-8 films and expressive comic-book-style drawings in the basement of his family home. After falling out with his fundamentalist Christian family, he literally ran off to join a carnival, before landing in Austin, Texas, broke and alone. It was here that he began to hone his musical career. But just as he was making a name for himself locally, Johnston's inner demons began to take hold. Featuring interviews with Johnston and those closest to him - as well as amazing concert and home super-8 footage - [The Devil and Daniel Johnston] is a stunning portrait of this troubled artist, and the winner of the Director's Award for Documentary at Sundance.
D Jeff Feuerzeig P Henry S. Rosenthal WS Complex Corporation TD video/col, B&W/2005/109mins Jeff Feuerzeig was born in New Jersey, USA. His films are [Jon Hendricks: The Freddie Sessions] (1990), [Half Japanese: The Band that Would be King] (1994).

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