What better way to kick off your Easter weekend than the sincerely religious experience that is Jonathan Caouette’s mesmerizing docu-essay “Tarnation,” which will be having a 10th anniversary at BAM tonight with Caouette and the film’s producer John Cameron Mitchell both in tow.
“I’m ecstatic and so honored,” Caouette told us. “The whole thing is still amazing to me. It doesn’t feel like 10 years has past at all.”
In case you’re unaware (and if that’s true all the more reason to make your way to the screening), “Tarnation” was created by Caouette from over 20 years of hundreds of hours of old Super 8 footage, VHS tape, photos and answering machine messages to tell the story of his life and his relationship with his mentally ill mother Renee. I was initially made for just $218.32, using free iMovie software on a Mac (though $400,000 was later put into it once a distributor came on board). It’s a haunting, beautiful film unlike anything else.
“I can’t even begin to describe the unbelievable amount of serendipity that happened as a result of this film being made and how the film got made,” he said. “I mean, for all intensive purposes the film shouldn’t exist… So I feel really lucky that it can have a ’10 year anniversary’ connected to it.”
The screening is tonight at 7:30pm at BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn. For more information, click here.