Fifty years ago today, Manos: The Hands of Fate premiered at the Capri Theatre in El Paso, Texas. It screened once, then disappeared for nearly three decades before being resurrected by Comedy Central's Mystery Science Theatre 3000.
Today's episode features an interview with star Jackey Neyman Jones, who was in Chicago last weekend to screen the film at the Music Box Theatre, along with the co-author of her essential production memoir, Growing Up with Manos: The Hands of Fate, Laura Mazzuca Toops; son of Manos DP Bob Guidry, Jeremy Guidry; and jazz vocalist Nicki Mathis.
Between the Friday event and a Sunday book signing at Bucket O' Blood Books and Records, Jackey's father, Tom Neyman (who played the iconic "Master" in the film) passed away suddenly. What had been planned as a regular interview Sunday evening became a loving tribute to an artist and a father who could never quite fathom the adoration of his multi-generational following, but who was so grateful for the outpouring of affection.
Please enjoy this very special episode, and remember to share your love with those you hold most dear.