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When the eccentric cast of a mid-90s Public Access show in Detroit reunite after 20 years to make a new episode, they are forced to take a hard look at their relationships and reconcile their teenage dreams with the realities of adulthood.

Short Logline (64 words)

When the founder of a mid-90s Public Access TV show in Detroit reunites the eccentric cast after 20 years to make a new episode, he discovers that most of his childhood friends are struggling with issues ranging from mental illness to drug addiction. They are forced to take a hard look at their relationships and reconcile their teenage dreams with the realities of adulthood.

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20 YEARS OF MADNESS is a feature-length documentary following Jerry White Jr., founder of the Public Access TV Show 30 MINUTES OF MADNESS, as he leaves Los Angeles and returns to Metro Detroit to make a new episode on its 20-year anniversary. Jerry reconnects with the friends he grew up with as they discover whether the magic of their show was a fleeting youthful experiment or a creative community they will share for the rest of their lives.

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20 YEARS OF MADNESS Home Page
http://20yearsofmadness.com

20 YEARS OF MADNESS Facebook Page
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20 YEARS OF MADNESS IMDB Page
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2550170/combined

30 MINUTES OF MADNESS Website
30MOM.COM

Twitter: @20yrsofmadness
Instagram: @20yearsofmadness

Articles

Podcast & Interview
50 with Jerry White Jr.
Wisecrackin’ with Winter • May 4th, 2016

Interview
“Giving people an opportunity to be part of a creative community that embraces them not in spite of their differences but because of them, is a good thing for everyone.”
’20 Years of Madness’ Director Jeremy Royce Discusses the Logic Behind the Madness
Honey Wagon Confidential • March 23rd, 2016

“I always believed in our little group and crazy show, but it’s still very surreal to be sharing our story and weirdness with the whole world.”
Documentary ’20 Years of Madness’ Gets Release Date From Gravitas
Variety • February 18th, 2016

“I always believed in our little group and crazy show, but it’s still very surreal to be sharing our story and weirdness with the whole world.”
Professioneller und internationaler
Kreisbote • December 10th, 2015

Podcast & Interview
The Projection Booth Special Report: 20 Years of Madness
The Projection Booth • November 20th, 2015

Indie-Highlights aus aller Welt
Kreisbote • October 12th, 2015

Video Interview
“20 Years of Madness [is] every film festival’s indie darling. Half because it’s gloriously made and the story line is heartbreaking and unexpected, and half because no other film has probed the Public Access culture and its constituents with such rapt precision.”
Tom Green Interviewed the Makers of “20 YEARS OF MADNESS” and So Did We
I Heart Comix • September 2nd, 2015

Interview
“Throughout the 90s, Jerry and his raucously creative crew forged a veritable library of insane, zany, sincere and ultimately inspiring art, nearly all captured on the almighty VHS.”
Cult Shot On VHS Public Access Variety Show 30 MINUTES OF MADNESS Gets Revisited with the Full Length Feature Documentary 20 YEARS OF MADNESS!
Lunchmeat Magazine • August 25th, 2015

Interview
Engaging, emotional ’20 Years of Madness’ reunites public access cast
Examiner.com • August 22nd, 2015

Video Interview
After the Credits: 20 Years of Madness
Traverse City Film Festival • August 12th, 2015

“Candid, honest and wonderfully willing to show warts and all, “20 Years of Madness” audaciously addresses whether or not as grown adults one can truly go home again.
Movie Reviews: ‘They Look Like People’ / ’20 Years Of Madness’
Starpulse.com • August 12th, 2015

Video Interview
The Method and the Madness
Traverse City Film Festival • August 11th, 2015

“Words cannot express how moving it is; no matter who you are, everyone can relate to the utter permanence of childhood friendships and how the people you grow up with become your family who you’ll accept no matter what as a doughy adult.”
Go See the Very Acclaimed Film “20 YEARS OF MADNESS” Tonight
I Heart Comix • August 10th, 2015

20 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week
LAist • August 10th, 2015

Video Interview
Webovision With Jerry White Jr. & Jesus Rivera of “20 Years of Madness”
Tom Green’s Webovision • August 7th, 2015

Audio Interview
Documentary film follows the makers of a cult public access TV show from the 90s
Michigan Radio • July 28th, 2015

“Particularly remarkable is the archival footage of 30MoM; the finesse of the production, dialogue and imagery within the 30MoM universe (cultivated by teenagers using earlier technology) easily rivals the tropes of today’s “next-level” psychedelic variety shows.”
Mammoth Lakes Film Festival 2015, A worthy paradigm of the smaller film festival
Tiny Mixtapes • July 27th, 2015

“It just captures southeastern Michigan in such a cool way…”
Traverse City Film Fest celebrates Michigan, much more
The Detroit News • July 24th, 2015

“Very often it’s the films you’ve never heard of, the films you don’t think you’ll enjoy while you are being dragged into them, that make the most lasting impressions…”
Hidden Gems
Traverse City Film Festival • June 26th, 2015

“The way independent media circulates has changed over time, a reality Oak Cliff’s programming made apparent by including documentaries about an Oklahoma prank call cassette tape, Calls to Okies: The Park Grubbs Story; a Michigan public access TV show, 20 Years of Madness; and the Utah-based story of Trent Harris’s “Beaver Trilogy,” Beaver Trilogy IV. In each of these stories, the circulation of this kind of off-beat material was regional in a way it isn’t today with niche Tumblr and Vine phenomenons.”
Cult, Underground and Independent in Flux: The Oak Cliff Film Festival
Filmmaker Magazine • June 23rd, 2015

“Hilariously uncomfortable…”
FilmQuest Film Festival
City Weekly • June 17th, 2015

“A Gen X Tearjerker…director Jeremy Royce does a good job capturing moments of emotional rawness, and the film’s nostalgic high school reunion-style plot line is bolstered by its palatable sense of Gen X malaise. 20 Years of Madness attempts to confront a life that seems to be largely disappointing, but which nonetheless hides shreds meaning and purpose.”
5 Surprising Films to See at This Year’s Oak Cliff Film Festival
D Magazine • June 11th, 2015

“20 Years of Madness focuses on a public access television station in Detroit that once ran a Wayne’s World-esque show called 30 Minutes of Madness that was created and run by a bunch of high school students. Now, 20 years later, the minds behind that show reunite to make one last episode in an attempt to recapture the glory of their youth.”
The Must-See Movies and Events At This Weekend’s Fourth Annual Oak Cliff Film Festival.
Central Track • June 11th, 2015

Review
“Nostalgic, fun, touching and sends the inspiring message that it is never too late to revisit the past.”
20 YEARS OF MADNESS – MLFF 2015
We Are Movie Geeks • June 4th, 2015

“Remember back in the 90s when cable-access TV provided some intrepid show-offs their 15 minutes of fame? Filmmaker Jeremy Royce tags along as a Michigan man returns home for his 20th high school reunion thinking that reviving the show he used to film with his buds might just be a path forward in his up-to-now futile stabs at carving out a movie career.”
The Power of Documentaries
The Bay Area Reporter • June 4th, 2015

Interview
“There’s a real inspiration in watching a guy, the son of two career Ford employees, a person with no film industry pedigree or connections, keep pursuing his dream. Obviously, his friend Jeremy Royce was inspired enough to spend a few years of his life dedicated to this project.”
Inaugural Mammoth Lakes Film Festival promises “Madness”
The Sheet • May 22nd, 2015

Exclusive: ArcLight Presents Slamdance Cinema Club Unveils June, July and August Titles
Movie Maker Magazine • May 21st, 2015

“Most public access TV is very unwatchable, some of it is so bad it becomes art, and then every once in while it is electrifying and brilliant… well actually that almost never happens. In the mid-90s Detroit Public Access had one such electrifyingly brilliant show called 30 MINUTES OF MADNESS. Which was made by probably the funniest/cleverest high school friends you wish you had…”
Oak Cliff Film Festival 2015 Full Line-Up Announced
The Dallas Observer • May 18th, 2015

“The fest opens with J. Davis‘ Manson Family Vacation starring Jay Duplass and Linas Phillips with some other notable entries including Jeremy Royce‘s 20 Years of Madness, Onur Tukel‘s Abby Singer/Songwriter, and Harvey Mitkas‘ Devil Town among many others.”
2015 Brooklyn Film Festival Announces Full Lineup
Film Pulse • May 12th, 2015

Podcast Interview
The Filmverse Episode 2 Jerry White Jr.
Film Colossus • April 20th, 2015

“Public Access TV can be glorious, or it can be horrible, or it can be somewhere in-between, but it’s always the efforts of your neighbors creating their own vision on a low budget and big dreams.”
Enjoy 20 Years of Madness While Celebrating Public Access TV This Weekend
Tucson Weekly • April 17th, 2015

Review
“What I really liked about this documentary was that it is extremely honest. You are able to openly like and dislike everyone involved. It doesn’t arbitrarily paint anyone in an unfavorable light, although quite a few of them are behaving in ways that make them hard to care about. But in the end: you do.”
Film Review “20 Years of Madness”
Media Mikes • April 3rd, 2015

“The documentary is an engaging look at friendship and creativity and how the relationship between the two evolves or devolves over the years as life decisions are made that propel us along different paths…”
Rack Focus: Spotlighting Breakthrough Filmmakers
Landscape Latino • April 2nd, 2015

Interview
“Despite the setbacks and the scars, 20 Years of Madness shows a group of friends whose deep affection for each other overrides time and difference…”
Addictive Personalities: 20 Years of Madness Explores Friendship, Filmmaking and Mental Illness
Movie Maker Magazine • April 1st, 2015

Review
“Sweet, messy, and full of a lot of love and understanding…wonderfully thought provoking.”
BUFF: 20 Years of Madness Review
Next Projection • April 1st, 2015

“Other interesting sounding films include the humorous and grisly “The Editor”; the Japanese detective drama “The World of Kanako”; the documentary “20 Years of Madness,” following a reunion of the cult-favorite Detroit sketch comedy TV show, “30 Minutes of Madness”…”
‘Magnetic,’ ‘Fight Til the End’ on upcoming Mass. film radar
Telegram • March 20th, 2015

“20 Years of Madness” isn’t just about high school nostalgia. It’s about rekindling a love of life and a creative spirit that most of us learn to live without as we get older.”
Film makes a humorous, nostalgic descent into ‘Madness’
The Detroit Free Press • March 18th, 2015

“The fest has over 425 films playing this time around…so narrowing down your choices can be pretty tricky. 20 Years of Madness follows one man on his quest to revive his old public access sketch comedy show, 30 Minutes Of Madness. The film also examines the disappointment we feel about the dreams we leave behind. Many will relate to such regrets, inspired by the thought that maybe there’s still time.”
20 Must See Films at the 39th Cleveland International Film Festival
Cellar Door • March 17th, 2015

“It all started with a group of teens, a VHS camera and a cable-access TV studio.”
Underground comedians revisit the past in ‘20 Years of Madness’
Daily Tribune • March 13th, 2015

Review
“A very profound, poignant meta-commentary on a generation’s desire to reconnect and reunite with old friends…”
The meta-commentary on friendship in “20 Years of Madness”
Film Colossus • March 12th, 2015

“A recently graduated film student attempts to recreate the greatness of the ’90s era public access TV show he created with his high school friends who have now all grown up into bitter and burned out adults.”
2015 Boston Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup
Underground Film Journal • March 12th, 2015

And the RxSM Nominees Are…
Austin Fusion Magazine • March 11th, 2015

Review
“What might have been a feeble attempt at resurrection proves anything but, and Royce discovers surprising levels of inspiration just as his subjects do. Moving expertly between then and now, his well-constructed doc is an affecting look at the unstoppable energy of youth.”
’20 Years of Madness’: Film Review
The Hollywood Reporter • February 17th, 2015

Review
“As it often happens with creative types, drugs and mental illness plays a part in their own destruction (John and Matt) as does ego and bitterness (Jerry, Joe and Jesus), but don’t let these downers fool you, underneath all of that crap is still that weird freedom that only seems to reside completely in youth, when the necessity of making a “living” doesn’t keep you from doing something refreshingly stupid and awesome.”
20 Years of Madness (Review)
Forces of Geek • February 12th, 2015

“By the time Royce drops in on the former cast and crew, he finds nearly all of the once-hopeful youths profoundly struggling in their adult lives. In its best sequence, which strings together a series of video portraits that the show’s creator, Jerry White Jr., shot each year on his birthday, the film achieves an affecting Boyhood-esque sense of temporal melancholy.”
Why the Slamdance Film Festival Remains Vital After 21 Years
Indiewire • February 5th, 2015

Podcast Interview
“Director Jeremy Royce tells the story of a group that produced a show ahead of its time. “30 Minutes of Madness” was a local cable access show in Detroit created by a group of talented teenagers in 1992. The group’s off the wall sketches and original soundtrack preceded many shows to follow like “Tim and Eric” and Tom Green.”
SWIV @ Sundance: Jerry White Jr. and Jeremy Royce from “20 Years of Madness”
Somewhere in Vegas • February 5th, 2015

Review
“20 YEARS OF MADNESS was Slamdance’s opening night film and it was a true must see wonderful documentary.”
20 YEARS OF MADNESS, a documentary directed by Jeremy Royce.
The Art of Monteque • February 4th, 2015

Review
“Based on the generous samplings of weird and wacky clips, the original 30MOM looks like a cross between the slapstick stunts of Jackass and The Kids in the Hall at their most conceptual. Although it was an analogue VHS deal, through and through, White had a facility for pulling off strange visual effects. Perhaps they could have caught on, but like every cult band that didn’t make it big, they imploded from within before they ever got that big break.
Slamdance ’15: 20 Years of Madness
j.b. spins • February 3rd, 2015

Review
“I found it deeply personal, and resonant, as we see what happens when life happens. People grow up, they move on, they form habits you would ascribe only to “other” people, sinister things occur and you have to accept it.”
This Week In Trailers: 20 Years of Madness, Catch Me Daddy, Meru, H., Chorus
/Film • February 2nd, 2015

Review
“20 Years of Madness captures just how important it is for creative people to have an outlet to express themselves freely. All the while, Royce introduces the documentary’s audience to some truly fantastic footage from the original public access series, which is reminiscent of a freakishly lo-fi, punk rock, high school production of Kids in the Hall or SCTV.”
20 Years of Madness | Slamdance Review
Smells Like Screen Spirit • January 30th, 2015

“The winners of the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival were announced last night and, as per usual, they shine a spotlight on some very exciting new filmmakers.
Promising New Filmmakers Recognized at Slamdance Film Festival Awards
Indiewire • January 30th, 2015

“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.”
Slamdance Awards: ‘Sweet Micky For President’ & ‘Think Ink’ Among Winners
Deadline • January 29th, 2015

“Jury Honorable Mention for Documentary Feature: 20 Years of Madness”
2015 Slamdance Winners Announced
The Hollywood Reporter • January 29th, 2015

“Slamdance slated Michigan-made 20 YEARS OF MADNESS for its opening night documentary…”
Slamdance Showcasing Midwest Filmmakers
Screen Mag • January 28th, 2015

Television Interview
Mountain Views: 20 Years of Madness
Park City Television • January 28th, 2015

“The concept of a public-access TV show has intrigued the public throughout the years. The thought of pirating airwaves or offering alternative viewing opportunities to local viewers has been examined and romanticized in Second City’s “SCTV,” Saturday Night Live’s “Wayne’s World” and “Mystery Science Theatre 3000.” Filmmaker Jeremy Royce spotlighted a 1990s Detroit-based, skit-run, public-access program, “30 Minutes of Madness” in “20 Years of Madness.”
Film examines the past 20 years of ’30 Minutes of Madness’
The Park Record • January 27th, 2015

Review
“There is a welcome un-performance aspect about it as everyone involved is remarkably guileless and un-polished in front of the camera, making it significantly easier for the viewer to have a stake in the success of their project and more importantly, their ability to achieve some closure.”
FILMS GONE WILD: 2015 SUNDANCE #5
Film Threat • January 26th, 2015

Radio Interview
Radio From Hell Interview: Sundance Film Festival 2015 “20 Years of Madness”
X96 • January 26th, 2015

Radio Interview
The Daily Buzz from Sundance 2015: Episode 2
KCPW • January 24th, 2015

Review
“The doc’s director, Jeremy Royce, deftly illuminates the tensions that arise between the veteran cast members, using footage from the original show to unearth the anxieties that dissolved the group in the first place.”
SLAMDANCE FILM REVIEW: 20 YEARS OF MADNESS
Slug Magazine • January 23rd, 2015

“20 Years of Madness is a look back on a public access show from the mid-90s. The footage on the show was very raw, (think Wayne’s World but set outside in the Detroit suburbs and you’ll have some idea of the ragtag nature of the original production).”
A Slam dunk: What to expect at Slamdance and why you should care
Scene Creek • January 23rd, 2015

“Jeremy Royce joins maverick video madman Jerry White Jr. as he returns to his home town to catch up with his old crew, who 20 years ago made one of the most outrageous cable access shows the world has ever known. The DIY spirit looks to be alive and well at Slamdance this year through this film.”
Slamdance 2015: TwitchFilm Raises The Curtain With 10 Must-Sees
TwitchFilm • January 23rd, 2015

Web Interview
20 YEARS OF MADNESS at Slamdance
Workman Productions • January 23rd, 2015

“You get sense of how much the show meant to those involved, even two decades later, and how it might have been the high point in some of their lives.”
Slamdance Exclusive: Kids Dream Big In Clip From Documentary 20 Years Of Madness
Indiewire • January 20th, 2015

Slamdance 2015: Meet The Filmmakers, Part 2
TwitchFilm • January 19th, 2015

“Hilary Campbell, festival coordinator, talks about the intense emotions anchoring their slate: “There are a lot of comeback stories, like Ryan Wise’s I am Thor and Jeremy Royce’s 20 Years of Madness.” (Campbell calls the latter a top pick.)”
Park City 2015: 13 Picks from Sundance and Slamdance
MovieMaker • January 14th, 2015

“20 Years of Madness: What is it? Well, it’s a film about an old TV show. But it’s also about youth, friendship, revisiting the good times of the past and the healing power of creativity.”
A Meeting of Minds with Filmmakers Jerry White Jr. and Jeremy Royce
Slug Magazine • January 1st, 2015

“The 21st annual Slamdance Film Festival has announced its narrative and documentary feature film competition programs. This year’s selection of 11 narrative films and eight documentaries includes “20 Years of Madness,” about the reunion for one final episode of the real-life struggling cast members from the ’90s cult TV classic “30 Minutes of Madness.”
2015 Slamdance Film Festival Program Announced
Backstage • December 1st, 2014

SLAMDANCE 2015 ANNOUNCES FEATURE FILM COMPETITION PACKED WITH WORLD PREMIERES AND INTERNATIONAL PRESENCE FROM EMERGING FILMMAKERS
Slamdance • December 1st, 2014

“Twenty years after the success of a 90s cult TV show, 30 Minutes of Madness, founder Jerry White Jr. brings the rag tag team of misfits back together to film one final episode – only to find the majority of his cast now suffer from a variety of personal struggles.”
Slamdance Unveils 2015 Competition Lineups (EXCLUSIVE)
Variety • December 1st, 2014

“Outsider teenagers grew into disfunctional adults living in the nostalgia of a TV show that molded them more than they’d care to admit […] A touching story reminding us of those golden years where we all seemed invincible, this film captures the essence of adolescent friendship and the undying urge to find closure on a project that continues to haunt them.”
20 YEARS OF MADNESS KICKSTARTER!
IHEARTCOMIX • February 27th, 2014

Project of the Day: ’20 Years of Madness’
Indiewire • February 26th, 2014

Project of the Day: The Dream of the 90’s is Alive in ’20 Years of Madness’
Indiewire • April 26th, 2012

“TWENTY YEARS after they began their artistic journey, they are following through on a promise made to each other to make one more episode.”
30 Minutes of Madness: Making Dreams Come True
Highest Form of Whit • April 19th, 2012

“I tell myself I wouldn’t be doing it if I didn’t have hope for them to reconcile and start making artwork together again, but a piece of me wonders if they’ll face the same challenges and whether or not they’ll choose to work together, or split up.”
We’re all a little mad
The Oakland Post • April 17th, 2012

“20 Years of Madness is a new project by a group of guys known in the Detroit Metro area for making the craziest show to ever hit regional Public Access TV: 30 Minutes of Madness. In the VHS era, this group of maniacs did a lot of stuff that could simply be described as “crazy,” though upon repeat viewings it is clear that the stunts, skits, and insanity that existed within the realm of 30 Minutes of Madness is pure, unfiltered genius.”
This Week in Kickstarter
Kickstarter Blog • April 13th, 2012

VIDLINGS AND TAPEHEADS
Blood is the New Black • April 11th, 2012

Film: 20 Years Of Madness
Techli • April 6th, 2012

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It’s that fear that haunts us all. That looming question in the dark… What if I don’t make it? In 20 Years of Madness, first-time director Jeremy Royce dares to explore the world of the artist’s worst nightmare–failure. Jerry White Jr. and the 30 Minutes of Madness team could be anyone. They could be you, me, the wild teenagers running down the hall without a pass or the teacher running after them. The fact is, we’re all human and we all have dreams. Whether or not they come true is another story. This one, to be exact. Watching Jerry and his crew come back together is like going out in your hometown over the holidays. Part of you doesn’t want it to happen, but the other half cannot wait to see these people. As one member of the crew aptly questions, or perhaps states, “Can you make friends, real friends, after your 20s?” This is a story that is equally inspiring as it is painful. It is a tale of friendship, loss, love and the human condition.
A Documentary Feature that will leave you quietly contemplating your life: 20 YEARS OF MADNESS
Hilary Campbell, Slamdance Programmer, Facebook • December 19th, 2014

“20 YEARS OF MADNESS, easily one of the most moving and insightful, yet also rebellious and iconoclastic documentaries I’ve ever seen, with strong emotional arcs, music selection and editorial storytelling throughout. Without spoiling too much, this will undoubtedly appeal most to anyone who’s ever done any filmmaking for a long period of time, and had to go to crazy and reckless lengths to do it…*especially* of the independent, public-access TV type mentality.”
Slamdance 2015 Narrative & Doc Features Announced
Dan Gross, Facebook • December 2nd, 2014

Help these public access hooligans ease out of retirement
Everything Is Terrible, Twitter • April 24th, 2012

Help These Goons Out!
Everything Is Terrible, Facebook • April 24th, 2012

SUPPORT OUR FRIENDS & DONATE TO THIS AWESOME KICKSTARTER!!! At least check it out!!!
LA Record, Facebook • April 19th, 2012

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Blundertown, Facebook • April 19th, 2012

Support this on @Kickstarter!! 20 YEARS OF MADNESS the doc abt Liquid TV-esque Detroit Public Access
Liquid Television, Twitter • April 13th, 2012

20 Years of Madness won our hearts with animated .gifs
Kickstarter, Tumblr • April 13th, 2012

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