Help preserve The Residents’ archival footage

A group of film makers is currently putting together a feature length documentary film about The Residents called “Theory of Obscurity: a film about The Residents“.

Shooting for the film started last January with the recording of 20 shows during the 40th anniversary “Wonder of Weird Tour” in the US and in Europe. In addition to the new concert footage the makers have also been digging through the vaults beneath The Cryptic Corporation looking through archival footage, photos, costumes, and sets.

The Residents - Archival Footage

They’ve also done interviews with more than 40 people who have either collaborated with or been inspired by The Residents. People like Simpsons creator Matt Groening, Penn Jillette, Les Claypool, Gary Panter, Chris Cutler, Eric Drew Feldman, and many more. They also did interviews with the four founding members of The Cryptic Corporation (nudge nudge, wink wink): John Kennedy, Jay Clem, Homer Flynn and Hardy Fox, who all agreed to participate in this film.

Recently a fundraising campaign was launched to help the producers get all of the archival material transferred to HD and to get the film through post-production. If you want to help presevering this material for future generations of weirdos go to the campaign page: There’s all kinds of goodies available for people who donate, including the soundtrack of the movie, streaming access to the movie, etc.

We hope to keep you posted with more news about the movie as soon as it comes out.