Friday night’s high-energy premiere of “Tickled” in Los Angeles had two very upset attendees. During the Q&A, and afterwards in the lobby of the Nuart Theatre, co-director Dylan Reeve was confronted by David D’Amato and Kevin Clarke, two of the documentary’s subjects, accusing the filmmaker of being a liar and using recorded information that they had previously agreed not to.
The film follows co-director David Farrier, a journalist who stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he digs deeper into the sport of “competitive endurance tickling,” he finds a bizarre world he believes to be controlled by nefarious forces.
In video footage provided by Magnolia Pictures, Clarke tells Reeve that he had agreed to not use certain footage from a source. The argument lasted about fifteen minutes, and during that time Clarke told him that if he wanted to prove that he wasn’t lying, he should release unedited versions of the conversations he had with him.
“The point is if you promise that something is off the record, it should be off the record,” Clarke says in the clip.
The video then shows the Q&A inside the Nuart Theatre, where Clarke and D’Amato, who back in March served the directors with a defamation lawsuit, had originally confronted the helmer and were booed by fans.
Farrier, who was in New York at the time, later posted a transcript of part of D’Amato’s conversation on his Facebook page.
This confrontation comes days after a website appeared designed to discredit the documentary, purporting to be created by Clarke. During all of the this, the directors have continued to stand by their project.