SHOW & TELL: Daniel Johnston

Cinefamily Show & Tell invites artists, filmmakers, musicians and other cultural heroes to divulge their deepest, darkest media obsessions by opening their closets, digging through their attic and plundering their garages to curate an evening of… whatever they want to share! From thrift store finds to late-night Tivo, from foreign film bootlegs to home movies, from the popular to the perverse — all media will be presented live by the honored guests, as they take us on a personal tour of the audio, video and other ephemera that has inspired them, delighted them, or just plain freaked them out.

This edition brings beloved cult musician Daniel Johnston to Cinefamily! Long before The Devil and Daniel Johnston brought Daniel’s story to the mainstream, he played clubs and records stores in Austin and wandered the streets giving out his homemade cassette tapes, their fidelity wrecked through generations of duplication. Only a few people documented his performances with the then-pricey tools available at the time. One of those people was Daniel’s friend Marie Javins, an intern at the Austin Chronicle who stopped by to see Daniel after his famed 1987 breakdown. Now, almost 30 years later and with Daniel’s permission, we’ve unearthed this footage to share alongside unreleased home videos, Daniel’s favorite cartoons (including his frequent inspiration, Casper), and a whole host of surprises for completist Johnston fanatics, in celebration of an eclectic, productive career!