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Devil and Daniel Johnston

Director: Jeff Feuerzeig Run Time: 110 min. Format: Digital Rating: R Release Year: 2005

Starring: Bill Johnston, Daniel Johnston, Laurie Allen, Mabel Johnston

For October’s MUSIC DRIVEN Nitehawk and Noisey present The Devil and Daniel Johnston, the 2005 documentary on manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist Daniel Johnston.

The Devil and Daniel Johnston chronicles the life of American artist Daniel Johnston from his childhood up until the present, with an emphasis on his experiences with bipolar disorder, and how it manifested itself in demonic self-obsession. Jeff Feurzeig exquisitely depicts a perfect example of brilliance and madness going hand in hand with subject Daniel Johnston. As an artist suffering from manic depression with delusions of grandeur, Daniel Johnston’s wild fluctuations, numerous downward spirals, and periodic respites are exposed in this deeply moving documentary.