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Tom Green’s Webovision & LA Doc Premiere

Hello from the 20 Years of Madness team—we hope you’re having a great summer!!

We’ve got some exciting news! Today, August 7th, from 5-6PM PST (8-9PM EST), our producer and doc subject Jerry White Jr., along with fellow doc subject Jesus Rivera, will be appearing on Tom Green’s LIVE Webovision show! Tom will be showing clips from the doc and getting into some shenanigans with our guys. Tune in live on YouTube—and call or video Skype if you want to ask any questions on the air! or
Call only during the live show at (818) 556-1549 or Skype: WEBOVISIONLIVE

UPDATE! In case you missed the show live, here it is in its entirety:


Tom will also be joining us this coming Monday for our LA premiere! We’re screening at the ArcLight Hollywood as part of the Slamdance Cinema Club. This is ONE NIGHT ONLY and should not be missed! Tom will be moderating the Q&A with both cast and crew from the film!!

Slamdance Cinema Club Presents
Monday, August 10th, 8pm
Hollywood ArcLight 6360 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028

Tickets are available here:

ArcLight Screening

As always, thank you for your continued support. We hope you tune in to see the guys and, if you’re in LA, come out to see the film on the big screen!

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20 Years of Madness ON TOUR

We’re in the midst of our 2015 festival run and it’s going great so far! We have a number of screenings coming up over the next few weeks and would love it if you could join us! If you’re in or near Mammoth Lakes, San Francisco, Brooklyn, or Dallas—come on out!

Mammoth Lakes Film Festival

Mammoth Lakes, California

Saturday, May 30
12:00 PM
USFS Theatre
Jeremy & Jerry present for Q&A

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Brooklyn Film Festival

Brooklyn, New York

Wednesday, June 3
10:00 PM
Wythe Hotel
Jeremy & Jerry present for Q&A

Thursday, June 4
6:30 PM
Windmill Studios
Jerry present for Q&A

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SF Doc Fest

San Francisco, California

Saturday, June 6
4:45 PM
Roxie Theater
Jeremy present for Q&A

Monday, June 8
9:15 PM
Roxie Theater

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Oak Cliff Film Festival

Dallas, Texas

Saturday, June 13
1:00 PM
The Kessler
Jerry present for Q&A

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Thanks everyone, that’s all for now. Please let us know if you think you may attend one of these screenings!

Slamdance, Reviews, and More Screenings

2015 is off to a great start for 20 Years of Madness! We’d like to share just a few highlights with you…


Our World Premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival was an amazing experience. We were selected to be the Opening Night Documentary and we sold out both of our screenings! And we’re proud and humbled to announce that we received the Slamdance Jury Honorable Mention for Documentary Feature. The Jury had this to say about our film:

“Reminding us that it’s never too late to chase your dreams, 20 Years of Madness is brimming with stunning cinematography, eccentric characters and a heartfelt story about the desire to do something great while confronting the reality of failure.”

But the best part about our time at Slamdance was the wonderful filmmakers we met and the new friends we made. We’re honored to be a part of such a passionate, eclectic, and inspired community! And we’re very thankful to everyone who made the trek to Utah to help celebrate and support our film!

Park City Madness

Cast & Crew of “20 Years of Madness” pose for a portrait at the Village at the Lift Presented by McDonald’s McCafe during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (January 24, 2015 – Source: Getty Images North America)

The Reviews Are In

Since our premiere, reviews have started to pop up online and in print. What are they saying? We’ll let you see for yourselves (hint: so far, so good). We’ve been updating our reviews and interviews on our website, here:

However, we do want to highlight one particular review by the venerable Hollywood Reporter. Frankly, we feel getting reviewed by this publication is an accomplishment in itself, but to get such an excellent review…we’re speechless!

’20 Years of Madness’: Film Review
Generation X faces its teenage ideals head-on in 20 Years of Madness, a clear-eyed and poignant documentary that explores whether you can go home again…

Future Fests

We’re excited to be bringing 20 Years of Madness to more cities (and countries) throughout this year and beyond. While a number of festivals have not officially made their announcements, here are a couple we can tell you about now:

Freep Film Festival, March 20th, 8:30pm
Our made-in-Michigan documentary will have its Michigan premiere in just a few short weeks. And there will be a special screening of Episode 15 of 30 MINUTES OF MADNESS after the doc! We can’t wait to finally share the film and show with the Motor City!

Cleveland International Film Festival, March 28th, 9:35pm & March 29th, 4:30pm
The Rock and Roll Capital of the World will be screening the film just one week after our Detroit premiere. In its 39th year, CIFF is a must-attend fest and we’re thrilled to be going!

Both of the festival links above have information on how to buy tickets and how to attend the fests. If you’re in Michigan or Ohio, come hang out with us and see the movie on the big screen!

That’s all for now, we’ll just leave you with one final image: our official movie poster, with a few laurels included for good measure. Thanks and we hope to have more good new to share with you in the near future!


Slamdance 2015 World Premiere!

Slamdance Premiere VHS

We’ve found our home in Park City! 20 Years of Madness is now an Official Selection of the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival. We are humbled and honored to premiere our film among such great company!! Thanks to the cast, crew, and all of our supporters!

Variety Slamdance 2015 Press Release

For more information and updates, please like our facebook page if you haven’t already!


The 20YOM Team


3 years ago this month we shot the first bit of footage for what would become 20 YEARS OF MADNESS. Since then we’ve shot around 200 hours over 75 production days and have poured through hundreds of hours of analog video our doc subjects taped in the 90s. We’ve run two successful kickstarter campaigns, made a lot of new friends and reconnected with old ones. It’s been an immensely rewarding process and we’re excited to announce that we’ve reached a significant milestone:

Picture Lock!

Now our sound designer Kimberly Patrick, and composers Alexis & Sam, can apply their craft to take the documentary to the next level. The work they’ll be doing goes beyond adding “polish” to the film—they’ll be adding emotion, strengthening the theme, and giving even greater depth to the story. From the start of production we’ve been blessed to work with such a talented group of people, both behind and in front of the camera, and we’re thrilled to have that luck extend into this final stage. 

Of course, we couldn’t have made it this far without all of the people who have supported us along the way. From our kickstarter backers and executive producers to the many friends, family, and strangers whose insightful feedback on various cuts of the film have been crucial to reaching this point. Our sincerest thanks, we truly could not have done this without all of you! 

We are so excited to share this movie with the world. 2015 is just a few months away…not a long time to wait for a film that has been, in a way, over 20 years in the making! 

20 YEARS OF MADNESS Picture Lock

How Filmmaking Saved My Life

 By Jeremy Royce

Jeremy On Set

12 years ago today I stopped being a methamphetamine addict. I didn’t look like a character from Breaking Bad. Only two years prior I was a straight-A student, on track to graduate from high school at the top of my class. I was the awkward looking kid with glasses who sat in the back of the room, turned in his homework early and tried to stay out of the spotlight. I was a quiet, introverted teenager. My mother taught me to distinguish between right and wrong. I knew that drug addicts lived in gutters, crazy and deranged. They sapped society and most importantly, they were dangerous. I wasn’t any of those things. I didn’t have anger-management problems, and I didn’t grow up on the wrong side of the tracks, but in my sophomore year of high school my life changed.




At sixteen I left home to escape a difficult family environment (for reason which I won’t go into here out of respect to the people involved). I enrolled in a new school, got a job, and within a year I was living in my own apartment. I would go to class in the morning, manage a retail store in the afternoon, and work as a projectionist at the local movie theater at night. I couldn’t relate to the people I went to school with. I was an outsider and my only friends were outsiders too. They taught me that a gram of crystal meth allowed me to work sixteen hours at two jobs and still have the energy for a social life. The little time I did go to school was spent in the video production class. My first short film played at a local festival and when I sat in that darkened room, filled with strangers, and saw my work on the screen, it felt like nothing I’d ever experienced before. It was validation. I had always loved movies, but It wasn’t until then that I realized cinema offered something more than entertainment. It could be a reflection of me. Even though I was a runaway, drug dealer, barely surviving, seeing my work on the big screen gave me a sense of purpose. I was hooked on something other than speed, but quitting nearly killed me.




Twelve years ago today I was admitted to a hospital. My throat was so swollen I could barely breath. I hadn’t had anything to eat in three days and I was severely dehydrated. This was the fifth time I had been sick in four months. All those nights without sleep had finally caught up to me. By the time I was out of the hospital and back on my feet, I had missed so much work that I couldn’t pay rent and my lease was up. I was $18,000 in debt from the hospital bills and all of my friends were drug addicts. In that moment my life could have gone in many directions. Thankfully I’d seen a glimmer of hope, reflecting back in a darkened room. I had always loved movies, but in the face of death, I realized storytelling could help other people find their reflection too. In the subsequent years, I got clean, and appealed for independent status with the state. I qualified for financial aid, and got my BA in film production. I went on to get my MFA from USC in 2012. While there, I discovered a group of filmmakers that reminded me of myself and my friends when I was a teenager. 20 Years of Madness emerged from the same desire I felt all those years ago, to tell the stories of outsiders trying to overcome the limitations they’ve been faced with by a life out of their control.




The lives of most people suffering from drug addiction, mental illness, homelessness are much more nuanced than we have time to consider. Cinema gives us a chance to explore those nuances. It’s my goal to fight against stigma, because one small moment could turn an overachieving teenager into a drug dealer and it’s our job to make sure they don’t get lost if that happens.

We’re Halfway There!

We are halfway through our kickstarter campaign—time for an update! First of all, we’d like to thank all of our generous backers so far. We’d also like to thank our friends and family for helping us spread the word about our fundraising efforts. We’ve been releasing bonus videos from the doc and it’s been great seeing all the shares on Facebook. If you haven’t seen our video releases, here are a couple of our favorites.

What is 30 MINUTES OF MADNESS? This video pretty much gives a definitive answer.

Watch our doc subjects go all out while filming a skit for 30MOM.

With just under two weeks to go, we still need your help to spread the word. We’ve now raised over $4000 from 69 backers, but if we can’t raise an additional $11,000 we’ll lose all of your donations. We’re making a mark though; last week we were Indiewire’s Project of the Day and got backed by Kickstarter Staff. We’ve been reaching out to press, plan a reddit AMA, and TONIGHT we’ll be in Echo Park premiering the new episode of 30 MINUTES OF MADNESS.

Thanks again for your support. And if you want to see more bonus videos and special announcements this month, head over and like our Facebook page.

Second Chances

For the past two years we’ve been pouring our blood, sweat, and tears into our documentary, 20 YEARS OF MADNESS. The film follows the creators of a mid-90s Public Access TV show as they reunite to make a new episode 20 years later. We are so close to finishing this film and we need your help to take it the rest of the way.

We are currently raising the last bit of money we need on the website Kickstarter. We’re looking to raise $15,000 which will allow us to score the film, sound design and mix, color correct, purchase E&O insurance, submit to festivals and distribute the film to the screen where it belongs.

20 YEARS OF MADNESS | Finishing Funds

We wouldn’t be here without our friends and family. Please help us continue!

Jeremy & Jeremy
Jeremy and Jerry Shooting


MEDIA ADVISORY | For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeremy Royce,


DIY Documentary Tells The Story Of The Eccentric Creators Behind A Bizarre Mid-90s Metro Detroit Public Access TV Show As They Reunite After 20 Years To Make A New Episode In An Effort To Reconcile Their Teenage Dreams With The Reality Of Adulthood

LOS ANGELES20 YEARS OF MADNESS follows Jerry White Jr., creator of the Metro Detroit 90s cult Public Access TV Show 30 MINUTES OF MADNESS, as he returns to his hometown of Rochester, Michigan to make a new episode for the show’s twenty-year anniversary. The show included a ragtag cast of outsiders who routinely played offbeat and crazy characters. What they couldn’t have predicted was that the wild and unhinged lifestyle they embraced on the show would eventually become a reality for many of them later in life.

Jerry, now 36, a graduate of Oakland University and a recent MFA grad of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, never stopped believing in the show and the potential of its collaborators. As we follow him back to Michigan, the film explores the bond between childhood friends, now struggling in adulthood, after life has failed to provide many of them with the opportunities for which they had hoped. As Jerry gathers everyone together, he is forced to confront years of resentment, rebuild burnt bridges, and balance challenging personalities in the hope of reviving a once thriving creative community. 20 YEARS OF MADNESS explores the importance of friendship in artistic collaboration and how it can be used to overcome and transcend the labels and expectations placed on us by society. And while film’s subjects lives have not turned out the way they envisioned in their youth, they learn it’s never too late to be what you might have been.

The film is directed by California native Jeremy Royce and mentored by Acadamey Award Winning documentarian Mark Jonathan Harris. For more information about 20 YEARS OF MADNESS and to view the trailer, visit: For downloadable press materials visit

Self Medicated

Self Medicated

A documentary covering the events of the Antagonist Movement over 2013. From street to gallery see the new wave in art from the last American art movement.

Documentary film director Ethan Minsker of the Antagonist Movement has a lot in common with our doc subjects. He has a long history with DIY filmmaking, zine creation, and Public Access Television and has known many of our gang for 20 years! He met Jerry, Joe, Dan, and the other 30MOM crew through mail correspondence in the mid-90s while they were doing their zine, “Hoofsip.” They’d trade videos through the mail as well as contribute to each other’s zines—Ethan fronting the long-running “Psycho Moto Zine.”

This week, Ethan released the trailer for his latest documentary, “Self Medicated.” The film explores a year behind the scenes of the Antagonist Movement, a group of artists based in NYC, but with a global reach. The trailer opens with a line that feels like it’s speaking to us directly:

“Sick of watching documentaries on already rich and famous artists?”

Why, yes, thank you! Though we’re a little jealous since we can’t use that line for our film now. Well played Ethan. Check out the trailer and links below!

Trailer: Self Medicated the movie from Ethan H. Minsker on Vimeo.

For more info, check out: Antagonist Movement and Self Medicated


VHS 3 Stack

In 20 YEARS OF MADNESS, we follow the 30MOM crew as they make a new episode of the show. Producer Jerry White Jr. decided to shoot the whole thing on analog video, primarily using a free VHS camera he was given, as well as others picked up for cheap on ebay and craigslist. While this choice was met with initial skepticism by many of the cast, no one can argue that the new footage “looks like 30 MINUTES OF MADNESS.”

And the number of people embracing VHS keeps growing! We posted a few days ago about Oscar® nominated director Alejandro González Iñárritu shooting on VHS for a recent experimental film and now the folks at the Raindance Film Festival have compiled a top ten list of modern-day VHS music videos. The only thing we don’t get is how they overlooked White Limo by Foo Fighters! OK, that was three years ago, but it still feels as modern as a retro music video shot on an archaic format can!

For the full Raindance list, check out 10 Best VHS Style Lo-Fi Music Videos.

Choosing Madness

Andrew Scream

“The potent mix of creativity and madness is imposed on writers and creative artists by the randomness of a genetic dice roll, but many artists with healthy minds choose to accept the Faustian bargain and induce madness with drugs to reach new summits in their art.”

Creativity, Madness and Drugs, a guest article by R. Douglas Fields on Scientific American, explores an idea that we’re endlessly fascinated with: that madness, whether temporarily self-induced by drugs or a diagnosed permanence, is often integral to the creative experience.

“But there is a critical distinction separating artists who endure mental illness and create art from those who take drugs to create. The creative work of an artist who overcomes their mental illness—often by turning to art and literature to help them cope—is an inspirational personal triumph. But the creative work of a person who induces mental imbalance pharmacologically is the product of a drug.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Creativity, Madness and Drugs by R. Douglas Fields

VHS on Purpose: Embracing the Analog Aesthetic

Jerry VHS Selfie

30MOM director Jerry White Jr.’s VHS selfie from the episode 15 shoot

20 YEARS OF MADNESS features a lot of VHS footage shot in the 90s, culled from hundreds of hours of material, but our doc also highlights modern-day VHS video shot for the new episode of 30MOM. And show director Jerry White Jr. isn’t the only one embracing the so-called “consumer” and “obsolete” format. From Tim & Eric to Harmony Korine, VHS refuses to die.

One of the latest directors to embrace VHS is Academy Award® Nominated director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, 21 Grams). He chose to shoot his recent experimental short “Naran Ja” with the same cheap VHS camera your parents still have in their attic (or basement). In an article at nofilmschool, Iñárritu waxes poetic about the medium:

“VHS texture is for digital what grain used to be for film…Digital and most film stock is so sleek now, that everything looks very plastic and unnatural. We have lost the skin of the images. Cameras reproduce reality much more sharply than my eyes can see and that’s why it looks fake…I thought this $39 VHS camera reproduced and exquisite, moshy-moshy, beautiful, horrific greeny-yellowish skin that triggered my emotional memory of TV series from the 70s. I loved it.”

While the short won’t be for everyone, it’s clearly not intended to be. “Naran Ja” is nevertheless confident in its exploration of movement and location while being a thorough contemplation of content transcending media.

For the full article, see:
Alejandro González Iñárritu Goes VHS with His Experimental Short ‘Naran Ja’ at nofilmschool.

20 YEARS OF MADNESS 2013 Year in Review


Wow, a year goes by fast! We’ve been working our asses off on 20 YEARS OF MADNESS and it keeps getting better and better. Here’s just some of what we’ve been up to in 2013:

• January 1st: Brought on our incredible editor, Jose Santos.
• February 1st: Added our talented and industrious producer, Kaveh Taherian.
• January–May: Poured through 350 hours of 30MOM archival footage and the 150 hours of doc footage we shot in 2012.
• January–April: Edited the 500 hours of raw footage into the first cut of 20 YEARS OF MADNESS.
• April 24th: Completed the first cut of the doc (four hours long!).
• April 29th: Released the 30 MINUTES OF MADNESS Mix Tape Vol. 1.
• June 14th: Screened a trimmed-down rough cut for 18 of our most trusted LA filmmaker friends and got their indispensable feedback.
• July 21st: Flew back to Michigan for 2 weeks of pickup shooting.
• October 14th: Completed the sixth rough cut and started courting film festivals.
• December 16th: Shot new interviews with the LA cast to augment the latest edit.


We made a ton of progress in 2013, but 2014 has even more in store for 20 YEARS OF MADNESS. Here’s what we’re looking forward to in the coming year…

• January: Handing off the cut to our immensely gifted composing duo, Sam Jones and Alexis Marsh.
• February 1st: Worldwide release of our brand spanking new trailer.
• February 1st: Online premiere of 30 MINUTES OF MADNESS episode 15 for our Kickstarter backers.
• February 15th: Launch of our shiny new website courtesy of our esteemed colleague Tom Roof.
• April: Complete picture-lock of 20 YEARS OF MADNESS.
• April: Hand off the locked picture to our brilliant soundies, Kim Patrick and Baihui Yang for sound design.
• May: Final Mix at Skywalker Sound and color correction.

We still have a lot of work to do, but we’re confident 20 YEARS OF MADNESS will live up to all of your wildest and weirdest expectations! And there’s much more in store for 2014 that we can’t divulge just yet, so keep your eyes on our website and Facebook page for all the latest and greatest.

As always, thank you for your support and enthusiasm for this film!



NES Remix

Are you having 8-Bit withdrawal? Well Nintendo has your fix. The company that got us hooked on video games back in the 90s just released NES Remix, featuring 16 of your favorite classic games. Ever wish you could play the original Donkey Kong as Link? We do! Check out their promo video here.

And in the spirit of 8-Bit nostalgia, check out this classic 30 MINUTES OF MADNESS clip featuring John Ryan, Jesus Rivera and Chris Sprague… 

Glitched Out


Does anyone else feel that the digital world has become a little too clean… predictable… boring even! Well if you’re like us and you like a little chaos in your world, check out this nifty little web app. You can upload any jpg and the app will break it down for you. Try changing the various parameters to perfect your imperfect image!

Tools of the Trade

Making a documentary is a lot of work… but it’s getting easier and more affordable all the time. Long gone are the days of 16mm film mags, bulky sound recorders, and flatbed editing. Telling a good story may not be any easier but affording good gear certainly is. Those crazy cats at PBS have crunched the numbers and put together an interesting info-gram showing what film equipment is common on a documentary set today.

Check out the link here.