Coming to a Theatre Near You!
If you live on the North Side, that is. The long-awaited documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston will be released to a ravenous public tomorrow. The Landmark Theatre will be one of a few places in the country to screen the film about underground pop’s favorite living manic depressive. In 2005 the pic played at Sundance and earned director Jeff Feuerzeig a best director award. Who doesn’t love a dreary documentary about middle-aged men with frazzled hair/expressions who create art and music that straddles the line of neurotic indulgence and innocent genius? Hopefully the film will bring Daniel’s intriguing story and eccentric art to a wider audience; at the same time, let’s hope it doesn’t bring him too much attention, because part of what makes him so endearing is that he still isn’t a part of the pop iconography that he worships so much.