In 2012, artist John “Derf” Backderf released My Friend Dahmer, a memoir-style graphic novel about his teenage friendship with serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. The work went on to become a huge success and, not surprisingly, was adapted into a soon-to-be-released feature film. On December 1-2, Southside Works Cinema will welcome Backderf for two screenings of My Friend Dahmer.
Jeffrey Dahmer murdered 17 men and boys in the American Midwest, becoming one of history’s most infamous serial killers. This is the story before that story. Jeff is an awkward teenager struggling to make it through high school with a family life in ruins. His bizarre behavior at school attracts unexpected friends, a group of band-nerds who form The Dahmer Fan Club, headed by Derf Backderf (Alex Wolff). But as they near graduation, Jeff’s depravity continues to take hold, and he spirals further out of control. Written for the screen and directed by Marc Meyers, the film stars Ross Lynch of Disney Channel fame and Alex Wolff.
The special My Friend Dahmer screening events will take place on December 1 at 7:30 p.m. and on December 2 at 2:20 p.m. Q&As with Backderf will follow both shows. Tickets are available online or at the Southside Works Cinema box office.