37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Theory of Obscurity: a Film about The Residents

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Filmmaker Don Hardy investigates the infamously anonymous, avant-garde music collective known as The Residents on their 40th-anniversary tour. Exclusive archival footage cut with testimonies from fellow iconoclastic musicians pay homage to a group that refuses to cave to convention. The Residents released more than 60 albums, performed all over the world, and inspired many people to find their own voice. Hardy mirrors the renegade group’s eccentricity, while simultaneously demystifying and perpetuating The Residents’ magic.

Supported by WTJU


Sunday, November 8


3:45 PM


Downtown Mall : The Southern

Film Info

Director: Don Hardy

Runtime: 87 min.

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2015

Country: USA

Featuring: Jerry Casale, Les Claypool, Chris Combs, Matt Groening