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Sunday, August 27 • 5:30pm - 7:20pm
Closing Night: My Friend Dahmer sponsored by Jeff Richardson, Brik Realty

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My Friend Dahmer
Directed by Marc Meyers
USA, Narrative, 110 minutes
Closing Night Film

In case you haven’t heard, in 1991 Milwaukee resident and chocolate factory employee Jeffery Dahmer confessed to the murder of 17 young men. Included in his confession was an admission to the dismemberment and cannibalism of a number of his victims. My Friend Dahmer doesn’t tell that story, but, instead, covers the years of Dahmer’s life just before he began his killing spree; the era when his only victims were an occasional squirrel, his binge drinking habits began to emerge and his thoughts were beginning to take a turn towards murder.

Moving out of the role of young handsome Disney star and into that of young handsome serial killer, Ross Lynch is strangely convincing as the awkward, eccentric and attention-hungry high school Jeffrey Dahmer. Based on the Angoulême Prize winning and bestselling graphic novel of the same name, the film’s narrative is rooted in the personal experiences of the graphic novel’s author and Dahmer's high school bestie, Derf Backderf, who befriended Dahmer upon witnessing what he thought was the comedic outbreak of a class clown. My Friend Dahmer is not only engrossing and provocative, but is also an eerie, visually captivating time capsule.

- Rachel Morgan

Sunday, August 27th
5:30 PM
Lyric Theatre
Admission included with VIP, Weekend, and Sunday Day Passes. Premium Single Tickets also available.
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Sunday August 27, 2017 5:30pm - 7:20pm CDT
Lyric Theatre