Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents

Directed by Don Hardy Jr.
Film Movement
2015
87 Minutes
USA
English
Documentary, Music
Humanities, Music, American Studies, Performing Arts
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THEORY OF OBSCURITY tells the story of the iconic renegade cult band The Residents. From the group’s formation in Shreveport to their success in the burgeoning San Francisco avant-garde music scene of the 60s and 70s, The Residents redefined what a rock band could be. With the advent of music videos in the 1980s, these masked musicians gained global fame as MTV darlings and serious art world figures.

"Recommended" - Video Librarian "Any library supporting programs in experimental music, film programs, or an art or theatre program that specializes in video, film, or projection installations will serve their patrons well by acquiring this documentary." - Vincent J. Novara, EMRO. Recommended.

DVD Features

The Residents first ever live performance\nOuttakes from The Residents underground epic film Vileness Fats\nThe Residents classic short films: Third Reich and Roll, Hello Skinny, One Minute Movies\nNew short film for the song "Mellon Collie Lassie"\nFreak Show DVD animation\nThe Residents found footage Internet experiment The Walking Woman\nThe Residents Ultimate Box Set #1 short film\n

Sound: Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Surround Sound

Discs: 1

Blu-ray Features

The Residents first ever live performance\nOuttakes from The Residents underground epic film Vileness Fats\nThe Residents classic short films: Third Reich and Roll, Hello Skinny, One Minute Movies\nNew short film for the song "Mellon Collie Lassie"\nFreak Show DVD animation\nThe Residents found footage Internet experiment The Walking Woman\nThe Residents Ultimate Box Set #1 short film\n

Sound: Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Surround Sound

Discs: 1

  • Highest Rating
    "There's plenty of eye and ear-catching stimulation in this survey of the Residents' 40-year career."
    Dennis Harvey, Variety
  • Highest Rating
    "While hundreds of bands will be struggling to emerge from the obscurity at SXSW 2015, one set of oddballs will be celebrating a 40-year home there...the film delves deep into the apocrypha and mystery of the one-of-a-kind, dissonance-crazed band. "
    Christopher R. Weingarten, Rolling Stone
  • Highest Rating
    "Fans will appreciate this loving probe into the determinedly anonymous history of S.F.'s superstar art weirdos, now closing in on 50 years of seemingly bottomless inspiration."
    Adrian Mack, Straight.com

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Awards & Recognition

Official Selection
SXSW
Official Selection
Chicago Int'l Movies & Music Festival
Official Selection
San Francisco Film Festival
Official Selection
Independent Film Festival Boston
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