Rockets Redglare!

Institute History

  • 2003 Sundance Film Festival


In the 1980s, New York swelled with underground artists whose fringe sensibilities ultimately propelled the burgeoning independent film movement forward. At the cockeyed center of this gritty performance world was a lovable, melancholy character actor/comedian/raconteur: Rockets Redglare—a "con man with a soul," as Jim Jarmusch calls him. Interviews with Redglare's now-famous colleagues Steve Buscemi, Willem Dafoe, Julian Schnabel, Matt Dillon, and Jarmusch, along with his own stories of survival and heartache, raunchy exploits, and poignant triumphs, reveal the interior struggle of a self-destructive artist on the margins of society. This intimate, raw documentary also captures beautifully a zeitgeist we've not had a clear perspective on until now.

— Caroline Libresco

Screening Details

As you use our Online Archives, please understand that the information presented from Festivals, Labs, and other activities is taken directly from official publications from each year. While this information is limited and doesn't necessarily represent the full list of participants (e.g. actors and crew), it is the list given to us by the main film/play/project contact at the time, based on the space restrictions of our publications. Each entry in the Online Archives is meant as a historical record of a particular film, play, or project at the time of its involvement with Sundance Institute. For this reason, we can only amend an entry if a name is misspelled, or if the entry does not correctly reflect the original publication. If you have questions or comments, please email [email protected]