Award-winning documentary by Keven McAlester who says, "I started out thinking I was making 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.' But I ended up with something more like 'Being There.'" Cinematographer Lee Daniel ("Slacker," "Dazed and Confused," "Before Sunset") shoots the story of Austin-ite Roky Erickson, undeniably one of the greatest singer-songwriter, guitar player and harmonica-wailers of all time, and Janis Joplin's chief influencer. The singer and founding member of the 13th Floor Elevators was talented but unpredictable. In 1969 after a marijuana arrest, he entered an insanity plea, and was sent to a mental hospital for three years where he was surrounded by the worst of the worst violent and mentally ill criminals. To the great dismay of his fans, he became a recluse. He calls himself an alien, and "the evil one." Without taking sides, this film follows the courtroom battle for Roky's care between his brother attempting to remove Roky from the clutches of their Bible-thumping mother.
Director Keven McAlester and Roky Erickson present at screening.
Official Website: http://www.noisepop.com/2007/film.php#filmfestsched
Added by excessively on January 31, 2007