All screenings of a new documentary portrait of Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse “the Devil” Hughes have been canceled at the Intl. Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.
It was announced Thursday that the film, called “The Redemption of the Devil” and directed by Alex Hoffman, was being pulled from the festival for unstated reasons. The description in the festival catalog, which has disappeared entirely from the IDFA site, provides a clue: “He and his former porn actress girlfriend Tuesday Cross lead a classic rock ‘n’ roll existence, with lots of weed, wild parties and shows. … Hughes isn’t one to keep his opinions to himself. He thinks Ronald Reagan was the best American president, and he’s a passionate supporter of the National Rifle Association. During a photo shoot, the camera captures Hughes as he empties his pistols into a swimming pool. But Hughes is also a preacher, a ‘missionary in the rock ‘n’ roll world.’”
IDFA programmers booked the film, which has been available to stream online via iTunes and Vimeo since early October, months earlier as part of their Music Documentary series, never anticipating such a controversial connection to current events.
According to an IDFA rep, the decision to cancel the screenings originated with the filmmaker and the festival agreed to honor those wishes. Hughes had also been scheduled to give a Q&A and possible performance following the screening, though those appearances were canceled immediately after last Friday’s attacks in Paris. The band has also canceled the rest of their European tour.
Eagles of Death Metal was performing at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris Nov. 13 when gunmen attacked.
See a trailer for the film below: