Theory of Obscurity: A Film about the Residents–Mysterious Renegade Collective from San Francisco

Theory of Obscurity: A Film about the Residents relates the story of a mysterious renegade sound and video collective from San Francisco.

The Residents have always played by their own rules. They’ve released more than 60 albums, and their stage shows are legendary works of art.

Their story spans more than 40 years and is clouded in mystery. Many details surrounding the group are secret, including the identities of its members. They always perform wearing masks and costumes, which is part of their magic.

The filmmakers interviewed artists inspired by the group, such as Les Claypool from Primus and Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons.

They taked to their fans and industry leaders who claim that The Residents are “the best experimental art band of all time.”

All of these pieces come together to form a well-rounded tale which is satisfying for audiences who already know part of The Residents story and people who are new to their world.

The story shows the value of perseverance and chasing dreams. The Residents had never conformed to convention, and had never compromised.