Sacred Rage: the Hellbent Vision of Richard Williams

A spooky and fun documentary about an unknown Cape Cod artist.

This film follows artist Richard "Greenthorn" Williams during his relentless daily creation of bizarre images, using handmade costumes, masks, photos, paintings, and collages. Documenting Rick's work for 10 years in the haunted forests and swamps of Cape Cod, we hear his poetic struggle to find meaning in life while coping with multiple suicides of his closest friends.

Rick strives against alienation and despair by obsessively exorcizing his demons and phantoms. He photographs himself and gothic models reciting his existential poetry in the forest, railing against conventional society, "vacationers", and the evil forces of humanity trying to tame nature.

His incredible collection of decades of art in various mediums has been seen by virtually no one. Witnessing his dedication to this captivating, massive body of work provides rare insight into the true inner workings of a hypersensitive artist. Rick's unusual worldview offers moments of surprising inspiration, countering the horror and depression of the modern world, with his exceptional life full of humor, constant creativity, and endless fascination.

90 mins
Directed by David Silver

Soundtrack by Cape Cod musicians: Book of Knots (ft. Matthias Bossi, Carla Kihlstedt, Tony Maimone) , Joel Hamilton (Studio G5000 Brooklyn), Ocean Silver, Wallybrain, Antibodies, Offworld, Parkington Sisters, Powdercoat, Codeine Schoolboy, David Silver.

  • David Silver
    Artist, Musician, Producer, Director
  • Richard "Rick" Williams
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Horror, Comedy, Documentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Spotlight Film Awards

    Official Selection: Bronze Award
  • Big Collage: 10-Year Retrospective
    Yarmouth Port, MA
    United States
    October 19, 2019
    Premiere showing on Cape Cod, MA, USA
  • UNDO Divergent Film Fest Boston
Director Biography - David Silver

David Silver has had a camera attached to his face since the 1980s, making home videos, music videos, and documenting the underground music scene on Cape Cod, MA. He is an artist and musician, and drummer of Kansas City, MO band Season to Risk. Sacred Rage is his first film. He works as the writer, producer, and director of instructional mind/body health and Kung Fu videos.

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Director Statement

Art is life. Surviving this dark world is a challenging task. Making art allows us to experience relief, find like-minded community, and resist devolving into idiotic robots.