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Daniel Johnston expresses desire to direct his own film

Ronnita "Ronnie" Miller

by: Ronnita "Ronnie" Miller
April 9th, 2010

I'm a big fan of the documentary film THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON.  Though it did focus mainly on Johnston's struggles with bipolar disorder, I think it was a film that was well executed and appealing to people who are familiar with Johnston's music and art work.  In a recent interview with the BBC, Johnston expressed that he was less than satisfied with the outcome, as he wished it would have focused more on his music instead of his struggles with mental illness which is quite understandable.

"It wasn’t really fair because it really talked about the worst experiences of my life," Johnston said. "I wish they had included more music instead of making it one of those Stranger Than Fiction shows."

Johnston boasts an impressive catalog of music and artwork, despite his mental health issues and now it looks like he is planning to get into filmmaking as well.

"I'd like to direct my own movies. I'm working on a film of my own and I want to direct it all myself," Johnston told the BBC. "[I'm planning] a variety show, with songs, videos and comedy skits all together."

You may also recall that a couple of weeks ago we brought you news of the planned Daniel Johnston biopic that will hopefully star Philip Seymour Hoffman.  Hopefully Johnston's feelings towards THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON won't get in the way of this production getting off the ground. But as an artist, and a human being, we would hope that this film wouldn't be made without his consent and support.

The prospect of Johnston's foray into filmmaking sounds quite promising to me as I really don't know what to expect.  He has a long list of admirers and if he could somehow swing that into collaborations with some of his more talented fans, it could be quite amazing--- not that anything he produces by himself wouldn't be.  Hopefully this becomes a reality sooner than later.

Source BBC via The Playlist

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