The Devil and Daniel Johnston

The Devil and Daniel Johnston

Directed by Jeff Feuerzeig • 2005 • United States

Director Jeff Feuerzeig explores the relationship between genius and madness in this revealing portrait of outsider musician Daniel Johnston. Though his childlike yet emotionally resonant songs made him a cult hero to legions of lo-fi enthusiasts—and led no less than Kurt Cobain to declare him the world’s greatest living songwriter—Johnston’s personal life was marked by frequent struggles with mental illness and extended periods living in psychiatric institutions. Told through a compelling combination of interviews, home movies, and performance footage, THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON offers a moving look at a brilliant but troubled man struggling to conquer his demons through his art.

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The Devil and Daniel Johnston
  • The Devil and Daniel Johnston

    Directed by Jeff Feuerzeig • 2005 • United States

    Director Jeff Feuerzeig explores the relationship between genius and madness in this revealing portrait of outsider musician Daniel Johnston. Though his childlike yet emotionally resonant songs made him a cult hero to legions of lo-fi enthusiasts...