The Flaming Lips: The Fearless Freaks

103mins | 2005 | DocumentaryNR
If The Flaming Lips have had an accidental career then this documentary is indeed an accident. In 1991, I was simply Wayne's art school neighbor in Norman, Oklahoma with a film camera and some tenacity. They were in need of a willing and somewhat competent cinematographer and I was on a constant hunt for action-packed stories and oddball characters. And thus a relationship built of geographic convenience and a mutual desire to create ourselves.

And now, 15-years later, I have thankfully made my filmmaking career through working with The Flaming Lips. After combing 400 hours of footage that includes a decade of home movies, personal interviews, live shows, music videos, and behind the scenes of Christmas on Mars, The Fearless Freaks is at last realized. Although I am certainly excited and ready to share this film with the world I have to admit it's bitter sweet. I can't image not filming a Lips concert, a Drozd brother jam session or the Coyne family Christmas. I am forever grateful to Wayne, Steven and Michael for their patience and trust. Without the unbelievable access that the band allowed this film would just be another okay rockumentary. Instead, together we have created an insightful and personal piece of cinema.

- Bradley Beesley

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