Extensive Flaming Lips Documentary Finally Finished

February 16, 2005  |  12:00am

Fifteen years ago, director Bradley Beesley (Hill Stomp Hollar, Okie Noodling) began filming the exploits and performances of neighbor Wayne Coyne and his post-punk rock band The Flaming Lips in their hometown of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.. More than a decade later, after sorting through 400 hours of tape, Beesley's long-awaited documentary is finished. The Fearless Freaks will make its debut at the SXSW Film and Music Festival in March, followed by a May 17 release on DVD via Shout! Factory.

The Fearless Freaks includes the brand new documentary plus outtakes, deleted scenes, additional performance footage and a photo gallery. The documentary is composed of never-before-seen home movie footage and Coyne family photographs. Performance footage begins with the band's early punk/noise phase, and continues throughout the years as the band's music becomes increasingly complex.

"We have truly had a lovely accidental career.” Says Coyne. “We were just misunderstood Okies with an enthusiasm for recording.” Freaks includes interviews with band members past and present, and gives the viewer an inside look at the Flaming Lips’ 20-year transformation.

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