Where In The Hell Is The Lavender House: The Longmont Potion Castle Story (Q&A with director and Longmont Potion Castle)
- Wed Mar 20
Midnite weekend screenings happen on Friday & Saturday nights (meaning arrive on Friday and/or Saturday night by 11:45pm for seating, the movie starts after midnite)!
Followed by a Q&A with the director (in person) and Longmont Potion Castle (via phone).
Director: David Hall, Thomas Rotenberg Run Time: 95 min. Format: Digital
Release Year: 2018
Two filmmakers attempt to make a documentary about an anonymous phone-work artist called Longmont Potion Castle who’s been releasing albums of surreal and hilarious prank calls for over thirty years. In spite of a semi-successful crowdfunding campaign and the involvement of celebrity fans, the filmmakers succumb to their own infighting and bad luck leaving an unpaid camera operator to finish the film.
A film within a film, Where in the Hell is the Lavender House? captures the history and ethos of Longmont Potion Castle while following a pair of filmmakers in over their heads. Featuring calls and interviews with Rainn Wilson, Dave Mustaine, Alex Trebek, Travis Ryan, Andrew Bujalski and many more, Where in the Hell is the Lavender House? is not only a glimpse into the mind an incredible artist, it’s also a cautionary tale of how not to make a documentary.
Thomas D. Rotenberg
Thomas is a writer, video artist, and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY, whose short films and video art pieces have shown across the United States and Europe. Where in the Hell is the Lavender House? is his debut documentary feature.
Longmont Potion Castle
Regarded as the Banksy of phone work, Longmont Potion Castle’s oeuvre is probably best described by executive producer Rainn Wilson as, “a sublime work of art; as if Salvador Dali moved to suburban Denver, got stoned, and made prank phone calls.” For over 30 years, the anonymous LPC has been releasing phone-art insanity to his rabid fan base that includes such luminaries as Queens of the Stone Age, Jimmy Eat World, Deer Tick, Steve Aoki, John Hodgman, Andrew Bujalski, and a host of other entertainers and musicians who turn to LPC for both laughs and creative inspiration.