From over 20 years' worth of old Super 8 footage, videotapes, photos, and voicemails, Jonathan Caouette sketches a portrait of his turbulent childhood. Central to this portrait is Caouette's relationship with his schizophrenic mother. "Life is a trip," says young Jonathan at some point, and this idea constantly resurfaces in the film. The film is constructed in a dizzying manner: images split, merge, repeat. The whole is accompanied by the desperate music of artists such as Cocteau Twins, Red House Painters, Low, and The Magnetic Fields. The film was made with a staggeringly low budget of exactly $218.32.
This film is part of our 'DIY Cinema' series, screening in February and March at De Uitkijk.