Scandanavian Filmmaker Johan von Sydow discusses his latest documentary, Tiny Tim: King for a Day, available now in theaters in the United States and Europe.
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Swedish Filmmaker Johan von Sydow (Ratata Through the 80s, The Artist Who Disappeared, Mare Kandre: I Am the Genius!) discusses his latest documentary, Tiny Tim: King for a Day, available now in theaters in the United States and all over Europe.
We chatted with our new European friend about how outsiders were drawn to Tiny Tim, how “Weird” Al Yankovic, who was thought at one point to be Tiny Tim’s son came on board to narrate the documentary and what Tiny Tim meant to so many people who felt like outsiders looking in on a society that does not fully accept them.
With archival footage from D.A. Pennebaker, Jonas Mekas, Andy Warhol and others.
Tiny Tim: King for a Day is a biographical documentary about a musician who is not only well known for hits such as TipToe Through The Tulips but for his trailblazing personae that paved the way for other rock stars such as David Bowie, Prince, Iggy Pop and Boy George. An outcast from a young age, Herbert Khary’s rise to stardom as Tiny Tim is the ultimate fairytale. Considered a freak by many of his peers, Tiny Tim left no one unaffected. His wedding to Miss Vicki on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson was watched by over 45 million Americans, and his queer personality has been celebrated by the likes of Bob Dylan and Lady Gaga. There were plans and hopes that Tiny Tim would be a lasting star, not only a novelty act but one man ruined these plans: Tiny Tim.
The memorable archival footage, exclusive access to Tiny Tim’s intense diaries, the playful and powerful animations and the interviews with his family and friends makes this film not only a captivating portrait of one of the oddest stars the world has ever seen, but also a psychological drama, examining the borderline between insanity and geniality.
Tiny Tim: King for a Day premiered at the 2020 Fantasia Film Festival and was an official selection at DocNYC 2020.
Directed by: Johan von Sydow (Mare Kandre: I Am the Genius!, The Jussi Bjoerling Saga)
Produced by: David Herdies (Madre, Transnistra), Michael Krotkiewski (Bellum, Fragility)
RT: 78 Minutes