Series: Mississippi Records Music & Film
This is part of Feminist March 2018
A rare screening of the cult documentary, introduced by filmmaker Kelly
Reichardt (MEEK'S CUTOFF, WENDY & LUCY, CERTAIN WOMEN)!
Don and Jerry, factory workers who grew up on comic books and B-movies, are fulfilling a lifetime dream: they’re producing their own low-budget horror movie. Jeff and Joel, lovers and cinema-verité filmmakers, and a friend of theirs named Mark have come out to Michigan to help the dream come true: they’re shooting THE DEMON LOVER for Don and Jerry. Two weeks after production starts, Jeff and Joel and Mark are fleeing Michigan — bullets ricocheting off the car — with their lives and a complete record of the events in jeopardy.
"The subject of my film isn’t just the ups-and-downs of making a horror movie. It’s about cultural snobbery, the disintegration of friendship, puppy love, violence, boredom, money . . . a diary about encountering the Midwest when you’re from someplace else. A note: I wouldn’t want anyone to think the horror movie wasn’t Serious Business. After all, Don and Jerry’s method of financing it is a model for all filmmakers. Don mortgaged his furniture and car — which netted $3000 — and Jerry cut off his finger in an industrial “accident.” The finger netted $8000. Jerry’s only regret was that if he’d waited a year, he would have gotten $15,000 for it." — Joel DeMott
“One of the weirdest and funniest pictures ever — a must-see.” — John Flaus, The Age, Australia
“Hilarious. Packed with pricelessly funny and pathetic ‘found’ moments — Demon Lover Diary is a wonderful original.” — Vincent Canby, The New York Times
Passes Accepted: Guest Pass and Member Guest Pass.