The Amazing Johnathan Documentary



St. Anthony Main Theatre 3 Thu, Aug 22, 2019 7:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$9.50
Student w/ID (Box Office Only):$6.00
Film Info
Program:Special Screenings
New Releases
Health & Wellness
Release Year:2019
Runtime:90 min
Country/Region:Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival
Festivals & Awards:USA
Print Source:Abramorama / Hulu
Director:Ben Berman
Producer:Miranda Bailey
Ben Berman
Russell Groves
Amanda Marshall
Jacob Perlin
Cinematographer:Dan Adlerstein
Ben Berman
Editor:Scott Evans


One Night Special Screening

The Amazing Jonathan Documentary begins as a profile on a uniquely deranged magician who built a career out of shock and deception in the 1980s, but becomes the bizarre story about the unravelling of his documentarian.

'The Amazing Johnathan', with his irreverent magic act, rose to popularity landing one of the longest residencies in Las Vegas. However in 2014, Johnathan was diagnosed with a terminal heart condition and given only one year to live, forcing him to retire his act. Fast forward to three years later, Johnathan is still alive and chooses to return to the stage. Filmmaker Ben Berman sets out to capture The Amazing Johnathan's comeback tour while peeling back the curtain on his unique, meth-fueled life.

But the seemingly straightforward profile of this eccentric illusionist starts careening off the rails as Johnathan drops a bombshell that sends the film spiraling into uncertainty. As we delve deeper to determine what's real and what's illusion, hard questions are raised, uncovering deeper truths about the ethics of filmmaking and human nature.


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