THEORY OF OBSCURITY A FILM ABOUT THE RESIDENTS (2015) [Feature]

USA (MIFF 2015 , Backbeat)
Director: Don Hardy

Just try to understand San Francisco's masked musical performance art lunatics The Residents.

Every music fan knows The Residents, with their indelible ‘tuxedos and eyeball head' image, but no one knows The Residents. In a world of increasingly cheap celebrity, the anonymous quartet's four decades of weird prove that artistic output triumphs over all.

The official archives crack open here, disgorging a flood of rare footage from their first performances all the way up to their inclusion in MoMA's collection. Reverent input comes from Primus' Les Claypool, illusionist Penn Jillette, Dean Ween, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening, Devo's Jerry Casale and more.

Declared a must-see by Rolling Stone and Indiewire, director Don Hardy's loving sweep of the group's career celebrates the enigma that will forever be The Residents.

"A great gateway into the strange and wonderful world of America's most mysterious band." – Indie Pulse

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