Tarnation (2004)

Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 28mins.
Genres Drama, Documentary, Experimental
Keywords addiction, drugs, gay
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Vanessa Arteaga Executive Producer (Wellspring Media) 174 3000005
Jason Banker Associate Producer n/a 171 3000006
Ryan Werner Executive Producer (Wellspring Media) 174 3000007
Jonathan Caouette Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Marie Therese Guirgis Executive Producer (Wellspring Media) 174 3000004
John Cameron Mitchell Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Jonathan Caouette Director n/a 2 2000001
Stephen Winter Producer n/a 3 3000001
Gus van Sant Executive Producer n/a 174 3000002
Jonathan Caouette Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Jonathan Caouette Editor n/a 172 7000001
John Califra Original Music Orchestral Score Prodcuer 120838 8000004
John Califra Original Score Original Score Orchestration 120839 8000005
Joe Violante Technical Advisor n/a 537 12000001
Lora Hirschberg Rerecording Mixer n/a 120856 14000001
Max Lichtenstein Original Music n/a 120838 8000003
Jan Chalupecky Original Music Orchestra Conductor 120838 8000002
Brian A Kates Editor Co-Editor 172 7000002
Shelby Siegel Editing n/a 120901 7000003
Jim Black Music Supervisor n/a 120872 8000001
Layard Thompson Actor (Blue Velvet) 1 1000022
Michael Sillery Actor (Blue Velvet) 1 1000021
Michael Cox Actor (Houston and New York) 1 1000007
Stacey Mowery Actor (Houston and New York) 1 1000008
Michael Mouton Actor (Houston and New York) 1 1000009
Greg Ayres Actor (Houston and New York) 1 1000010
Joshua Williams Actor (Houston and New York) 1 1000006
Adolph Davis Actor (Houston and New York) 1 1000005
Renee LeBlanc Actor (Houston and New York) 1 1000002
David Sanin Paz Actor (Houston and New York) 1 1000003
Rosemary Davis Actor (Houston and New York) 1 1000004
Vanda Stovall Actor (Houston and New York) 1 1000011
Vivian Kalinov Actor (Houston and New York) 1 1000012
Caity Creitz Actor (Blue Velvet) 1 1000018
Daniel Letterle Actor (Blue Velvet) 1 1000019
Sterling Price McKinney Actor (Blue Velvet) 1 1000020
Miek Coccia Actor (Blue Velvet) 1 1000017
Apocalypse Clown Actor (Blue Velvet) 1 1000016
Steve Caouette Actor (Houston and New York) 1 1000013
Lisa Berri Actor (Blue Velvet) 1 1000014
Kellie Brisbane Actor (Blue Velvet) 1 1000015
Jonathan Caouette Actor (Houston and New York) 1 1000001
Part documentary, part narrative fiction, part home movie, part acid trip. A psychedelic whirlwind of snapshots, Super-8 home movies, old answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, snippets of '80s pop culture, and dramatic reenactments to create an epic portrait of an American family travesty. The story begins in 2003 when Jonathan learns that his schizophrenic mother, Renee, has overdosed on her lithium medication. He is catapulted back into his real and horrifying family legacy of rape, incest, abandonment, promiscuity, drug addiction, child abuse, and psychosis. As he grows up on camera, he finds the escapist balm of musical theater and B horror flicks and reconnects to life through a queer chosen family. Then a look into the future shows Jonathan as he confronts the symbiotic and almost unbearable love he shares with his beautiful and tragically damaged mother.