The Residents may be known more for their signature costumes -- tuxedos with giant eyeballs covering their heads -- than the nearly 50 albums and 24 multimedia projects they've released since 1972. But a new film puts a spotlight on the influence of the avant-garde group's DIY approach and its twist on musical collages, spoken word and performance art.
Theory of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents, which will premiere at South by Southwest on March 14, chronicles the nearly 50-year career of the theatrical art-rock collective, which was formed by Louisiana natives in San Francisco in the mid-1960s. The doc includes footage from their first show, in 1971, through their 40th-anniversary tour. In keeping with the group's anonymous image, the Cryptic Corporation, which records and markets the music and videos, handles the interviews.