Filmmaker Q&A: Michael Haertlein Talks “Mad Tiger”

Mad Tiger Movie PosterBy Keith Spencer

SALEM – The 9th Annual Salem Film Fest kicks off this weekend including the feature documentary Mad Tiger which makes its Massachusetts premiere on Sunday evening at Cinema Salem sponsored by Creative Salem. The film documents two best friends band mates in the performance-art punk band, Peelander-Z.


Known as Yellow and Red, the duo toured the United States for fifteen years with their unique shows that combine crazy costumes, antics galore, and some pure punk rock. The film jumps into a crucial point in their relationship as it was tested in 2012 when Red made the decision to leave the group.


After years of wanting to make a film about the band, cinematographer Jonathan Yi saw Red’s goodbye video posted for the fans, and he knew this would be a great story to tell. He asked fellow cinematographer Michael Haertlein to co-direct a documentary about Red’s final days. The film premiered DOC NYC this past November.


Read Keith’s interview with Michael Haertlein at Creative Salem, and stay tuned to their continued coverage of Salem Film Fest including a screening of Mad Tiger at Cinema Salem on Sun. March 3, 2016 at 8PM, sponsored by Creative Salem.


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