Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Indiewire logo

Roky Erickson vs Daniel Johnston vs Townes Van Zandt

ReelPolitik By Anthony Kaufman | ReelPolitik March 21, 2006 at 3:00AM

Roky Erickson vs Daniel Johnston vs Townes Van Zandt
0

Notwithstanding the recently concluded SXSW film and music festival, these are the days of burnt-out Austin rock musicians with briefly thrilling, eventually sorry, sad lives cut down by drugs and mental illness. Is it just coincidence that three compelling documentaries about said fallen artists are floating around the ether right now? Tonight, the IFC Center's Stranger than Fiction series showcases Keven McAlester's "You're Gonna Miss Me," an affecting portrait of psychedelic screaming rocker Roky Erickson (of the 13th Floor Elevators) who was locked up in a mental institution after smoking pot, subjected to shock therapy and later diagnosed with schizophrenia. Next week, Jeff Feuerzeig's equally disturbing portrait of music and insanity "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" hits theaters from Sony Pictures Classics. And last week, Margaret Brown's impressionistic "Townes Van Zandt: Be Here to Love Me" was made available on DVD -- and is still playing in venues across the country.

Beautifully photographed by Austin legend Lee Daniel, "You're Gonna Miss Me" is the only one of the films that doesn't have a distributor. With striking similarities to the "Daniel Johnston" doc (both men, now overweight, straggly and child-like, even resemble each other), "Miss Me" may have suffered from a marketplace glutted from Austin music docs. I wonder. The film has the added plot of a dysfunctional family fighting for control of Roky's care and a poignant conclusion with Roky's rendition of the song, "Goodbye, Sweet Dreams" -- it's a fitting refrain for all three men..

Follow us

E-Mail Updates



Recent Comments

By Tony: I saw this with my girlfriend. She was completely taken in by it. This movie is no better than a soap opera. Absolute drivel, pandering to…

Can Tearjerking Doc "The Hunting Ground" Change Colleges' Sexual Assault Policies?

Jan 28th, 2015 1:03am

By Joe Britz: While rape is a horrible crime, it doesn't mean we simply toss Blackstone out the window. The foundation of our justice system is innocent…

Can Tearjerking Doc "The Hunting Ground" Change Colleges' Sexual Assault Policies?

Jan 28th, 2015 12:31am

By Amelia: It reminds me of the Dark Ages, where people would accuse a woman of being a Witch and everybody would simply believe the accusation because…

Can Tearjerking Doc "The Hunting Ground" Change Colleges' Sexual Assault Policies?

Jan 27th, 2015 3:25pm

By Joe: There is no rape culture. Rape is a sickening and illegal act but apparently there are some who want to return to the old fashioned lynch mob…

Can Tearjerking Doc "The Hunting Ground" Change Colleges' Sexual Assault Policies?

Jan 27th, 2015 1:31pm

By roosevelto: I think that this movie is many things, one of those is political. Even if we suppose that it wasn't Afflec's intention, when has become…

"Argo" Reconsidered: Ben Affleck is a Right-Wing Propagandist

Jan 16th, 2015 5:08pm

By roosevelto: I watched the movie with the most naive eyes possible. I said to myself, don't care about facts, don't care about propaganda, don't care abou…

"Argo" Reconsidered: Ben Affleck is a Right-Wing Propagandist

Jan 16th, 2015 4:53pm

By Anthony Kaufman: "The Look of Silence" will definitely be on next year's list! It hasn't opened in the U.S. yet.

The Top 12 Documentaries of 2014

Jan 3rd, 2015 1:09pm