The Devil and Daniel Johnston

Director Jeff Feuerzeig
USA / 106 min. / 2005 / English / English subtitles

The American underground’s favourite iconoclast. Saint of the self-taught DIY, canonized by Yo La Tengo and Nirvana, trapped in a hurtful tale of mental health and unrequited love. Filmed with the meticulous attention of a fan. 


There’s nothing better than this documentary by Jeff Feuerzeig, to feed the freshmen that discover him and the firm followers that want to dive deeper into his inner world. For more than twenty years, this adorable, yet mentally disturbed musician has created songs that speak of his sorrows, favourite Martians, beloved records, and that have attracted an army of celebrity fans from Yo La Tengo to Kurt Cobain (who catapulted him to fame after appearing on MTV wearing his T-shirt). Born in 1961, in Sacramento, California, he began drawing comic strips from a young age, and idolizing musicians like the Sex Pistols, the Beatles, Queen and Dylan. Upon moving to Texas in 1983, he started recording his first tapes with the help of a small Sanyo beat box. After becoming the favourite iconoclast on the Austin underground scene, Johnston earned celebrity status by appearing on the MTV show Cutting Edge. From thereon in, the introverted composer saw offers of collaboration roll in from Jad Fair, Butthole Surfers and many others, and embarked on a turbulent trajectory that The Devil & Daniel Johnston narrates with great empathy and beauty. An In-Edit classic that we’re delighted to share.  Oh yes, we’re gonna sing.

Yes! The legendary Hi How Are You t-shirt of the Daniel Johnston’s Hi How Are you: the Unfinished Album popularized by Kurt Cobain only for those die-hard fans!! Come and get it!

The Devil and Daniel Johnston
Friday 5 at 19:00
'Hi how are you' t-shirt sale!
Sundance Film Festival (Best Director)
Daniel Johnston; Mabel Johnston; Bill Johnston; Kathy McCarty; Jeff Tatrakov; Louis Black; Gibby Haines; Jad Fair; David Fair; Matt Groening
Jeff Feuerzeig
Tyler Hubby
Fortunato Procopio
Sound designer
James Lebrecht
Music composer
Daniel Johnston
Music supervisor
Brooke Wentz
Henry S. Rosenthal