"Yes, it's a story about cancer, but it isn't a cancer story. Instead of the teary-eyed farewells and saintly messages of love and life we're used to seeing in tearjerkers like The Fault in Our Stars, we see Jonathan, a young musician (and Buddy Holly doppelgänger), in oversized pajamas rocking out in front of an audience at a cancer treatment center. While he battles cancer, he maintains the spirit of a rock star, continuing to record music and play gigs at the hospital in between rounds of treatments. The doc itself intersperses film footage shot during Jonathan's treatment with animations
As a little boy growing up in Paramus, New Jersey, Jonathan Neuman would fall asleep listening to Buddy Holly’s songs and dreaming about becoming a rock star. As a teen, he broadened his musical horizons by listening to the free form, independent radio station WFMU and fell in love with the early punk that sprang from New York City in the 1970s. Joshua Neuman was a guest on WFMU's "Prove It All Night!" show with Pat Byrne to talk about Jonathan's rock 'n' roll legacy, what WFMU meant to him, as well as the two improbable moments when he and Joey Ramone crossed paths. The segment starts at
Take a trip into the fantastical, rock 'n' roll universe of Johnny Physical and learn how the downtown scene of 1970s New York City inspired it in this exclusive interview.
Director Joshua Neuman tells the story of the Kickstarter campaign that helped bring his brother Jonathan back from the dead.
Join us for the London Premiere of Johnny Physical Lives at the Doc'n Roll Film Festival. The film will screen with 4 other music-inspired shorts from around the globe at the W Hotel Leicester Sq. (10 Wardour St, Leicester Square, London W1D 6QF). Tickets are £5 via this link.
Thrilled to be holding the Italian Premiere of Johnny Physical Lives in the city where Fellini shot 8 1/2. Join us at the 67th MISFF - Montecatini International Short Film Festival at the Cinema Teatro Imperiale - Montecatini Terme in the Piazza Massimo D’Azeglio on Friday, October 7 at 4:30 pm. Johnny Physical Lives will be screening with A Short Film About Wong Kar Wai (Turkey), Beyond the Water (Italy), Happy Selfie Time (Hong Kong) and January Hymn (Ireland).
Johnny Physical Lives screens on the campus where Johnny Physical fever had its first outbreak! Join us at Tufts University in Medford, MA at 8 p.m.
Join us for a special screening of Johnny Physical Lives at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME at 4:30 p.m. Following the screening will be a q & a with filmmaker, Joshua Neuman.
The Johnny Physical Lives World Tour stops at the Portland Film Festival on Wednesday, August 31 at 4:45pm. The screening will be part of the documentary shorts program and will be held at 4:45pm at the Laurelhurst Theater at 2735 E. Burnside Street, Portland, OR. Tickets here.
Johnny Physical opens for Johnny Cash at the Cineteca Nacional in Mexico City. Yes, the Mexican premiere of Johnny Physical Lives will be held at 9 p.m. on Friday, August 26 and 9:15pm on Saturday, August 27 as part of the Phono-Cinema Film Festival. Johnny Cash was a HUGE influence on Johnny Physical so this is a truly remarkable pairing. Directed by Antonino D'Ambrosio, A Heartbeat and a Guitar: Johnny Cash and the Making of Bitter Tears tells the story behind Cash’s largely unknown 1964 concept album, a moving tribute to the Native American experience. The album was ignored by mainstream