US 2022, 84 min, Homer Flynn and The Residents
The Residents have existed over half a century now as one of the singular cultural enigmas of our times: An unclassifiable arts collective-slash-rock band who’ve racked approximately 100 albums and countless memorable stage shows, yet whose members’ identities remain a well-kept secret. Among aficionados, nothing in a vast back catalog remains more sought after than Vileness Fats, a 1970s-era cult movie intended to end all cult movies, left unfinished and unreleased after several years’ work. Its surreal weirdness inspired (and is excerpted in) this brand-new feature project. A skateboarding priest turned plumber (Dustin York) fears a plague of moon fungus and other possibly paranoid perils as he navigates a San Francisco that’s part German Expressionist nightmare, part noir mystery, and all Residents-tial referencing. Shot in high-contrast black-and-white by cinematographer Frazer Bradshaw, this bizarro enterprise is dedicated to late cast member (and longtime vocal collaborator) Gerri Lawlor. —Dennis Harvey
The Residents’ music show will be held Thursday, October 13 at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley.
The film Triple Trouble will screen Saturday, October 15 at the Roxie in San Francisco.