Theory of Obscurity: A Film about The Residents

Theory of Obscurity offers an unparalleled glimpse behind the scenes of the world's most mysterious band, The Residents. The original DIY-ers, these private eyes have spent the last four decades following an uncompromising vision that blurs the lines between filmmaking, music, graphic arts, and theater—all while keeping their identities secret. Made in close collaboration with The Residents' management, the Cryptic Corporation, filmmakers Don Hardy and Barton Bishoff offer a tantalizing mix of never-before-seen footage, behind-the-scenes tour diary, and interviews with Devo, Primus, Ween, and Talking Heads.



Minnesota Premiere

Theory of Obscurity” tells the story of the renegade sound and video collective known as The Residents…a story that spans 40 years and is clouded in mystery. Many details surrounding the group are secret, including the identities of its members. They always perform wearing masks and costumes, which is part of their magic. At its heart, this story is about perseverance and chasing your dream. The Residents never caved to convention. They never compromised. They’ve followed their muse for decades and thousands of fans have hung on for the ride. Along the way they’ve also inspired many people to be weird, take chances and find their own voice. (Synopsis provided by SXSW.)

DIR: Don Hardy, USA, 2015, 87 min.

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