Plenty of bad movies are made every year, but it takes a special kind of awfulness to draw the lasting devotion of fans of bad movies. The Room, written, directed, produced by and starring Tommy Wiseau, found that strange alchemy. He plays a failing banker whose fiance has an affair with his best friend (Greg Sestero), and with the help of a drug dealer, a psychologist and a birthday party gone awry, his life is ruined.
The Room bellyflopped when it was released in California in 2003, but it became a popular feature for midnight screenings at movie houses including The Prytania Theatre. The film was further mythologized in co-star Greg Sestero's 2013 memoir The Disaster Artist. Based on that book, James Franco made last year's The Disaster Artist, in which he starred as Wiseau making The Room.
Wiseau and Sestero have collaborated on another film, Best F(r)iends, which was released in March. Sestero plays a strange drifter who arrives in Los Angeles and starts working for an offbeat mortician (Wiseau) who has discovered a profitable side enterprise.
Wiseau and Sestero will participate in question and answer sessions at 7 p.m., before a screening of Best F(r)iends at 7:30 p.m., and at 10:30 p.m., before a screening of The Room at 11 p.m., at The Joy Theater. They'll also greet fans after the screenings, and Bonafried food truck will be at The Joy. Single film tickets are $15-$30. Combination tickets for both movies are $25 to $50. The Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St., (504) 528-9569; www.thejoytheater.com.