The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Film Club Member Screening: The Devil and Daniel Johnston

The Devil and Daniel Johnston

In celebration of the life and art of the great Daniel Johnston, who passed away this month at the age of 58, we are proud to present director Jeff Feuerzeig’s award-winning 2006 documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston as our next Frida Cinema Film Club Members Only Screening.

His drawings and sketches are exhibited and sold worldwide. Beck, Wilco, Sonic Youth and Pearl Jam have recorded his songs. But beneath Daniel Johnston’s success as an artist and musician is an incredible story of genius touched by madness: diagnosed as manic-depressive, Johnston spent the last three decades of his life in and out of mental institutions, as his legacy as one of the most celebrated artistic geniuses of our time only continued to grow.

Told through a compelling combination of interviews, home movies and performance footage, The Devil and Daniel Johnston is “a harrowing, hilarious and ultimately moving new documentary film” (Jim Farber, New York Daily News), and the winner of the Sundance Film Festival for Best Documentary.

This event is FREE, and open to Frida Cinema Film Club Members only! Film Club Members are also welcome to bring a guest to this screening. No need to RSVP – just show us your card at box office, or give us the name your Film Club Member account is under. Not a Member yet? Visit http://thefridacinema.org/film-club/ to join!  The Frida Cinema Film Club is composed of our most dedicated and passionate supporters and fellow film lovers; as a Frida Cinema Film Club Member, you help us pursue our mission to bring unique repertory and independent cinema to your community, and score great discounts and Members Only perks along the way.

“To understand and be understood is to be free.”
Rest in peace, Daniel Johnston.
January 22, 1961 – September 11, 2019


“There is a line that sometimes runs between genius and madness, sometimes encircles them.”  — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“A heartbreaking, yet strangely uplifting and inspirational, exploration of the fine line between genius and madness, and how sometimes, one becomes impossible to discern from the other.” — Renee Rodriguez, Miami Herald

“It’s the way Feuerzeig walks with him on the line between creativity and madness that digs this haunting and hypnotic film into your memory.” — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone