20 YEARS OF MADNESS follows Jerry White Jr., creator of the 90s cult Public Access TV Show “30 MINUTES OF MADNESS,” as he returns to his hometown of Rochester, Michigan to make a new episode for the show’s twenty-year anniversary. The show included a ragtag cast of outsiders who routinely played offbeat and crazy characters. What they couldn’t have predicted was that the wild and unhinged lifestyle they embraced on the show would eventually become a reality for many of them later in life.
Jerry, now 37, and a recent MFA graduate from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, never stopped believing in the show and the potential of its collaborators. As we follow him back to Michigan, the film explores the bond between childhood friends, now struggling in adulthood, after life has failed to provide many of them with the opportunities for which they had hoped. As Jerry gathers everyone together, he is forced to confront years of resentment, rebuild burnt bridges, and balance challenging personalities in the hope of reviving a once thriving creative community.
20 YEARS OF MADNESS is a sincere and intimate portrait of an underground community held together by the desire to make each other laugh and the memories of their friendship and creative collaboration.